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of illustration
in the Amaic&n press
Lloyd F* whiting
B*A., Montana State University, 1929
Presented in partial fulfill merit of the
requirement for the degree of
Master of Arts*
Fontana State University
Chairman'of Committee
on Graduate Study
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1* Introduction
wOi*4» X
* * * * * * * * * * 1
II* Methods of Printing Illustrations * * . . * * * . *
III# Printing
IV* Printing
ofIllustrations Before 1800 . . * * • * • 1 3
ofIllustrations 1800-1850. *
♦ * # . * * * # *
VI* Harper*SaMbner Era of Wood-Shgrsving * . * • • •
V* foe Illustrated WeefcXIes * * *
VII* The Wedding of the Camera and the Printing Press. .65
VIII* Printing
ofIllustrations 1850-1900 * * * * * * *
IX. The Beginning of Rotogravure in the hewspapers* * .94
X* Tabloids* « « • * • • • » • * • • * • • * * • . •
XI* Distribution of Hews Pictures * * • * . * * . * .
XII* Colored Pictures. . « * # • * • • * * . * * • « •
XIII. Picture &ageslnes # * * * * • * • * • « • • * « *
XIV* Offset* ........
XV. The Puture Trend* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Appendix number I— Photographs
Appendix Humber II~BibllographF* . . . . . . . .
c hapter
Ms may be judged by the earliest recordsf pictures
have always Interested people*
They pre-date the establish*
ment of alphabets by the primitive people and served as the
first method of communication*
Even today they fora a
common language among all people*
Prior to the Invention of
reproductive processes, pictures were confined to the church
and the home© of the wealthy*
Then the invention of block
printing made It possible for the poorer people to secure
The further improvement of printing processes and
equipment*— finally climaxed with the development of photoengraving— -has resulted in general use of, and interest in,
pictures of all types and subjects*
Until the perfection of photoengraving, books and
magazines were the principal users of illustration in the
United gta.tes, with only an occasional isolated woodcut
appearing in the newspapers.
The books and periodicals were
usually illustrated by copper or steel engravings.
first successful efforts at printing pictures on a. large
scale and systematic basis occurred In the illustrated
weeklies— in particular, Frank Leslie *s Illustrated hews*
paper and harper *s Weekly * both of which were started during
the 1850 *0 .
Afterwards Harpers Monthly and Seribner*s Magazine
(the name was later changed to Century Ma.i5mz.ine) became the
dominating publications in the reproduction of pictures,
through their sponsorship of vood^engraving*
Then., photo**
engraving made it possible for newspapers to print pictures
both economically and Quickly*
Order the. leadership of the newspapers the use of
pictures was greatly accelerated*
Severe! results of this
have been the development of rotogravure, the establishment
of tabloids, and the invention of methods transmitting
pictures by telegraph, telephone and radio*
In more recent
years, picture magazines have pioneered in even greater use
of pictures.
This study does not attempt to cover the entire pic­
torial field but only those features that have resulted in
the illustration of published material in the /marlcan news­
Undoubtedly such pictures have played an important
part In the history of this country as well as increased the
Interest and knowledge of the people in many subjects.
use of cartoons has heel a definite effect on this nation's
The publication of pictures of travel, scenery,
pieces, and people not only have enlarged the newspaper
readers* knowledge of their own country and countrymen but
also given them a greater comprehension of the rest of the
Of course, a good many pictures that have been repro­
duced are purely sensational*
These can b© only justified
by the fact that the people wish to see them, as can be Judged
by the success experienced, by publications using this type
of pictures; for instance. The national folios Gazette* The
Kew York World and Journal« The Kew fork Dally hews» and the
present day picture asjapslnss*
That they succeed,, by
graphic representation, to convey images■In a more vivid
manner than do competing verbal accounts, is no Just condem­
Undoubtedly most comic strips are decidedly not
humorous but they do serve a purpose of tying the country
closer together by establishing national characters and
Because they can spread information through exact re­
production, pictures have helped man to accumulate and In­
crease, his knowledge of all subjects*
This Is especially
apparent In scientific and technical fields*
Before the historical trend In the reproduction of
pictures can be noted, it is necessary to have a knowledge
of the various ways that pictures may be reproduced*
chanical difficulties always have limited the number and
quality of illustrations, and the Increased use of pictures
has coincided with the perfection of new Image* printing
methods arid, equipment*
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■There are three general ways of transferring ink is*
prcssions to paper*
The first of these, and the most common
method, is from any raised surface and Is known as letter*
press or relief printing*
The other two are planographic,
which utilises flat surfaces, and third, intaglio by which
the printing areas are below the surrounding non*printing
Relief or raised
Planographic, or
flat surface printing
Intaglio, or below
the surface printing
Relief Printing of Illustrations
Woodcuts**The earliest form of relief printing was
xylography~~bloQk prlntirig*-and was used for many years
prior to the invention of movable type*
hater, the early
printers used relief blocks or woodcuts for illustrating
their books*
Woodcuts continued to be the only form of
letterpress illustration until the later part of the nine*
teenth century*
The highest perfection in woodcut engraving
was reached between 1870 arm 1890*
Two other ways are in general us© now for the printing
of illustrations by relief*
h i m Stohln^s»~Pen drawings or other similar items
that are strictly black and white In character are reproduced
by line ©tellings* or aa they are commonly known*^slnes*
photographic* negative Is exposed over a sensitized sheet of
The action of the light hardens those portions of the
surface it comes into contact with., and these then resist
the action of an acid*
The surrounding metal is etched away
In a bath of acid*
Copy used, for a line etching may fee a pen* pencil.* or
charcoal sketch* typewritten or printed copy* a signature,
music or anything in which the lines are separated by white
Special effects* somewhat resembling the line end dot
effect of halftones* may be secured for line etchings by the
use of mechanical patterns through the use of Bend&y screens*
These are named after their first inventor, Ben Bay*
By the
use of Beo&ay screens lines, dots, stipple, texture, etc*,
may be included as part of a line etching,
Stipple or screen effects also aaay be secured by the
use of Mistogrephy sheets*
The artist draws M s pictures on
this prepared paper, and when, they are completed, a special
solution is applied to the sheet that develops out dots that
are latent in the prepared paper#
Halftone***The printing press, in general, can not put
varying amounts of ink on illustrations in order to secure
gradations of tone*
These tones must he secured by breaking
up the Illustrations Into small dots of varying sizes and
This effect is secured by placing a screen In the
camera between the .negative and the copy4
When the copy Is
photographed through the screen., the light reaching the
negative is split Into a.pattern of pin-point-dots, corre­
sponding in tone to the highlights and shadows of the copy*
The screen used consista of two pieces of .plate
glass, engraved with fin© parallel lines, cemented together
in such a. manner that the lines crisscross at right angles#
The number of lines to the square inch varies from 30 to
230— and more— to the inch*
The proper screen for a hslf~
tone depends on whether the paper the Illustration la to b©
printed on is coarse or smooth*
Coarse paper requires a
coarse screened halftone*
When printed the number of dots and their size govern
the tone In any given area*
The eye averages the total of
the dots and white spaces so a© to give th© illusion of
continuous tone*
Two other relief illustration methods served a
definite need prior to the perfection of photoengraving; but
since then their us© has been very limited*
These ere wax
engraving and chalk engraving.*
A wax engraving is made by first coating a metal
piste with wax composition*
the design is then scratched
completely through the wax, and when completed the wax piste
is elecirotyped*
the lines of the drawing appear In relief
on the electrotype*
Baled forms, maps, charts, diagrams,
etc*, may be reproduced by this method*
Chalk engravings are produced in much the same manner
as wax engravings and may be used for similar purposes*
chalk coating is applied to a metal plate and the design
drawn through the chalk to the surface of the plate*
is then used as a matrix and a stereotype is made*
Planographic Printing
hithographv~»The principle of surface printing was
first discovered in 1776 by Alois Senefelder*
fils experi­
ments showed that © greasy image would not take water, but
would take greasy ink, while the cleaned, dampened portions
of the stone bearing the image would not take the greasy
This led to the invention of lithography*
At first lithography used as surfaces fine-grained
sandstones that-were obtainable only in Austria and were
necessarily printed on very slow presses*
Later it was dis­
covered that grained metal plates made of sine or aluminum
could take the place of the stones*
The picture may be transferred to the stone or plate
either toy hand, or toy photogr&phy~»the latter process toeing
known as photolithography*
By hand method* the picture is traced off in outline
and then transferred to the stone or plate,
the lithographer
then works in tones with a soft greasy pencil.
When the
image is completed* the crayon is fixed and etched in so
that it is almost part of the surface ©f the stone*
For photolithograpfcy the stone, metal plate, is
covered with a light-sensitive coat of gelatine.
A halftone
screen is placed on this and then on top is layed the nega­
tive of the picture.
The action of light through the negative
renders the gelatine it reaches insoluble*
Offset— The use of metal plates for lithography has
developed another way in which the process may he used to
print illustrations as well as other matter*
The metal plate is curved around a cylinder and
printed on an offset press*
its manner of printing.
The press gains its name through
The inked and wetted lithographic
cylinder revolves to make contact with a rubber-blanketed
The Impression left on this rubber surface is
then transferred to paper that revolves on another cylinder*
Collotype and Aouatone— Illustrat ions m y be printed
by pl&nography in two other ways but both of these are too
expensive for general usage*.
They are based on photo-
gelatine printing and are called Collotype and Aquatone.
The collotype process uses a glass plate covered by a light-*
sensitive gelatine solution In a manner similar to photo**
But the very nature of the plate and Its light
contact with the paper being printed makes it very difficult
to handle heavy black areas*
the collotype process Is employed for the reproduction
of originals containing fine detail such as paintings of old
masters, tapestry, glassware, Jewelry, and ancient documents,
with their stains and creases*
Under ideal conditions,
collotype reproduces all the finest lines to the deepest
shadows that the original contained*
For /quatone a zinc sheet is employed in place of the
glass plate and a screen twice as fin© a© a, halftone screen
is used*
uo screen is used in the collotype process*
Regular offset presses will print Aquatone plates*
Intaglio Processes
Intaglio has been used since the beginning of printing
to illustrate printed books but such Illustrations could not
be printed with the type and were usually inserted as a
separate sheet*
Intaglio plates are first inked, and then
the top surface is wiped clean*
Next the plate is brought
into contact with paper where the ink is sucked out, leaving
a reproduct5,on of the picture*
The intaglio .method of producing pictures is similar
to the way many artists obtain ”weightTt In a picture~-by
■applying varying amounts of color*
In an intaglio print,
solids have a greater quantity of Ink than the middle tones
and highlights*
Copperplate engravings * etchings* and steel engravings
were the main intaglio methods of Illustration before photo*
grephy ©ado possible the perfection of rotogravure and
Copper was the principal metal used for both
engravings and etchings although iron was sometimes used for
etchings, and between 1830 and 1863- steel was used a great
deal for engravings*
In engraving the lines are cut by hand
by the use of special engravers * tools, while etchings are
made through the action of acid on metal*
A characteristic difference between engravings and
etchings may be noted by the manner in which lines are
In an engraving lines gradually taper to an end.
because it is Impossible to end a line abruptly by means of
a gouging instrument*
Lines end squarely In an etching,
and In addition lines do not gradually Increase or lessen
In thickness*
Etchings are- prepared by first coating, a
metal plate with an acid^realstanfc#
The design Is then
scratched In. with needles of varying fineness*
Mezzotint engraving is an intaglio process*
A sheet
of copper Is roughtened by what Is known as a rocking tool
until the plate Is a mass of sharp teeth*.
An impression of
the plate at this stage would produce m solid black velvety
The subject is then drawn or traced on the rough
surface and a tool called a scraper la used to secure a
surface with different gradations of tone#
combine perfection of tone with richness and softnessf
Photogravure has superseded oezaotlnta*
Dry point is another' engraving process formerly em*
Although sometimes used in connection with etchings*
dry point does not use acid*
Instead an etching needle is
used to scratch the design onto the metal plate*
The needle
leaves an irregular ridge on either side of the line it
makes* to which ink adheres in printing and produces a
blurred effect*
Aqua tint and Stipple engraving were etching methods
used to secure special effects of tone*
in Aquatint this
was secured by etching with an acid through a layer of
powdered rosin on the plate*.
The acid entered the minute
spaces between the exceedingly fine grains, producing a line
In printing.
Stipple engraving is done by means of small
bunches of needles* with which irregular dots are m d & in
the etching ground and than bitten by acid.
It was chiefly
used for faces on the reproduction of .portraits*.
Steel-JlaRravlnjg was principally used during its com­
paratively abort popularity In the middle of the nineteenth
century for engravings which were to be duplicated*
engraving was first In steel and this was then pressed
into a sheet of soft steel any desired number of times*
sheet of steel then was hardened*
The perfection of eleetror
typing and stereotyping destroyed the value of steel engraving
by taking away its usefulness as a means of duplicating*
Photogravure and rotogravure are. the present day
intaglio printing methods*
grained, .me^&otint*
A photogravure resembles a fine _
It Is produced by first roughening a
metal plate to produce a grained effect.
The image is next
transferred to the plate by the gelatine process and then
the plate is etched*
The grain Is raade deeper and heavier
where the shadows are to appear*
The plate when finished is
printed by intaglio means*
The rotogravure plate also has a slight grain but a
screen similar to a halftone screen is used to produce most
of the grained effect*
Rotogravures are printed on large
copper cy1inders*
Duplicating rrpcpases
SleotrotypiBg, and Stereotyplm are both duplicating
They are used In order to save wear on the original
forsi and to secure any number of duplicates of the original
in order that the same material isay be printed a number of
times simultaneously on the same press or on a number of
Color Process
The reproduction of picture© in full color, although
more complicated, follows the general lines of black and
white printing*
All three ways of printing are adaptable to
color printing*
However* four plates or halftones must be
made instead of the one required for single color printing*
On© of these plates will be for black printing, and one for
each of the primary colors— red, blue and yellow*
portion of each of these colors In the painting or photograph
is determined by the use of filters.
The particular filter
in each case excludes all color except from the on© to be
ways or wsmmoim piotohes
Belief Printing
Planographic Printing
Intaglio Printing
Belief Printing
Line etching
Chalk and Wax engraving
Planographic Printing
Phot olithography
Copperplate engraving
Dry Point
Col ©type
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ficturea have always been the first metiiod of .oosi«
ssun.ioa.tion between peoples* ftM in all langjsegca pictures
have preceded al nabete*. Before printing as&ho&a were
invented asm perfected, the production of pictures was
accomplished entirely by painting and drawing*
this of
courts mad.# them expensive., i M only the rich eouM afford,
to possess good pictures*
The spread of xylography {woodcuts) throu&h central
Europe* during the fourteenth century* made it possible to
satisfy the desire of the ^Qf»r classes of people for
pictures for the first tl&e la history*
for several hundred years before Burope begsn mslng.
block printing* 11 was carried mi a large scale free Kars-.,
the capital of Japan, to Turpen* %00 idles west of 7ua*huang*
The earliest wcll-*d#£ined block printing extant dates f m
770 f*u* axxl was found in Japan, although it Is hollered
that block printing m b m carried, from Chitm to Japan*
earliest dated book, the Flfyaond Oiytmu was printed 1.: Culm
is $68*
flaying c&rdii and
as well as b#ota# were
For a. long iim® the ko#Xesi world lay as a barrier
between the Ear .last end Europe; hut the frigesX conquest
during the thirteenth century possible trade between
Europe and the Far East*
Mm s. result of this* travelers
and missionaries undoubtedly carried the knowledge of block
printing to Europe*
The first examples of block printing in Europe were
playing cards and image prints of religious subjects*
latter included prints of the Virgin with the Holy Infant,
the moat popular Saints.., and subjects from the Bible*
pictures were simple in outline, and In many eases were
Intended to be colored by hand*
The earliest dated of these was produced In 1423*
shows st*. Christopher fording a river with the child Jesus
on his shoulder*
Under the picture are these lines: HIn
whatsoever day thou seest the likeness of St. Christopher, in
the same day thou wilt fro® death no evil blow Incur.”
Immediately after the Invention of printing with
movable type, Illuminations, borders and Initials were
supplied by hand by illuminators*
The desire for cheep books
gradually did away with this practice*
In 1493 Kroberger published his turemherp; Chronicles*
a history of the world, written by Hartman Sehedel*
book contains 1809 illustrations, but only 643 blocks were
Three cuts of a monastery did for 32 monasteries, 44
portraits of a king for 270* and 28 of a. Tope for 326
By the end of the fifteenth century, shading and
cross-ha tching were being used by the best wood-engravers*
Within, a few years woodmen graving reached a stage that' since
has bean hard to equal*
The names ©f Albrecht Purer and
Hans Holbein stand out in this parted*
After the time of these early artists, woodcut
illustrating sank into decay as copper plates came into
general use as book illustrations*
Woodcuts continued to be
used only in the cheaper publications*
With the coming of the printing press to the colonies
in America, the us© of illustration paralleled that of ,
Europe* .Small woodcuts were used occasionally in newspapers
and. broadsides but copper engravings were used for the better
pictures appearing in magazines,
The earliest woodcut portrait to be printed in the
colonies was one of Richard, Mather, and was cut by John
Foster prior to 1670*
Although on# of the three known copies
of it was found bound in a copy of Increase Mather*s blfe of
Richard. Mather* It is believed the portrait m m printed
separately and not as a book Illustration*
The first
American book Illustration appeared seven years later in an
edit Ion of Hubbardfs Narrative of the Indian-Warm* also
printed by .Foster*
T'l^wrenee 0* Wroth, The Colonial Printer, (fortland,
Ralnei Southworth-Anthaensen Brass*' 1938}, p* 263*
Although the first copper engraving printed In America
was believed to have been B* Simson* s. Kapp of Bariton Elvsr*
in 1683* it is possible that it was printed in 1886 in London
This leave* <a portrait of Increase lather, by
Thomas Emmes, of Boston, which was printed In Mather’s
Blessed Bone in 1700, and his lehabod in 1702 as the earliest
copper plate engraving printed In the colonies*
Proclamations usually contained a small woodcut of the
colony’s seal— the first one* the work of John Poster,
appeared In 16?6—~but no other Illustrating of proclamations
or broadsides was attempted until 1718*
This evidently .was
not profitable because 14 years elapsed before another
illustration was used*
Then a woodcut was used In connection
with an execution on Boston Heck, In 1732*
Thereafter "each
printer bad his execution block which could be modified to
suit a single or double hanging*M^
The first Illustration in American newspapers was a
woodcut reproduction of a new flag for the United Kingdom of
England and Scotland and was printed in the Boston Kewa~
Letter of January 19*26, 1707*8*
2 See Wroth, Ibid* p* 284 and footnote 11 on page 328*
3 Ohauncey Worthington Ford, Broadsides» Ballads*
etc.* Printed In Ilassacbusetts 1609^IH0Q* uliQtorical
Society , 1922), p*"'vii" of wi'ntrodtuctory Botes ***
the limited amount of illustration appearing in co­
lonial newspapers took two forms— small illustrations,
-engraved on wood and metal# for advertisements# and cartoons*
the scarcity of workmen and the time required to make cut©
limited their use*
Also* the presses in use during the eighteenth century
differed very little from the fifteenth century wine-presstype affairs*
These wooden presses limited the amount of Im­
pressions that could he imposed and consequently limited the
sizb of woodcuts*
Advertisements for runaway slaves or indentured
servants were illustrated by small pictures of a person
Pictures of- ships were used to advertise cargo
space or passenger accommodations ; scythes and sickles denoted
hardware stores; clock faces were used for watehmaner’s es­
tablishments; houses for real ©state dealers, ©to*
Later, half--and even full column-—width pictures were
used to denote certain advertisements *
In The Pennsylvania
Packet and general Advertiser* in 1771* appeared a column
width cut of a spinning wheel in the advertisement of James
Cummings, dry goods man* whose address was 11At the Sign of
the Spinning Wheel*51 In 1?85 and 1786, The Mew .Pork Daily
Advertiser began to use imny column-wide cuts— one of a chair
for a cabinet maker, a rose for a perfumer, and & horse and
man for a livery stable*4
The most famous cartoon of colonial days was Benjamin
Franklin1a *Join or Biett cartoon*
This one-column* two-inch
woodcut showed a snake divided into eight parts* each of
which here the Initials of on# of the colonies*
The purpose
of the cartoon was to- impress the readers of his Pennsylvania
Gazette with the necessity for united action at a congress of
representatives of the colonies at Albany in the summer of
The meeting had been called in anticipation of the
approaching French and Indian War*
William Bradford in his Pennsylvania Journal* October
31# 1765# made a pictorial protest against the Stamp Act
that was to go into effect the following day.
lie made up his
front page in imitation of a tombstone and announced that the
paper was wExpiring ? In Hopes of a Resurrection to Life
Again*n and was bidding. HAdieu* Adieu to the Liberty of the
Press*’1 A skull and cross-bones.* printed in the lower righthand corner of the page# were captioned* "An Emblem of the
Effects of the Stamp*
the Fatal Stamp*rt Later* the
Boston Gazette and the Harvland Gazette also used the skull
and cross-bones*
The friction between the colonies and Great Britain*
4 Frank Presbrey* The History and Development of
Advertising* (Garden City* Mew Yorks Doubleday* Doran &
Company* Inc.* 1929)# p* 161*
Just before the outbreak of hostilities, was the occasion
for the revival of Franklin's wJoin or Die* out*
July T, 1774 and continuing in every issue until the .paper
ceased publication April 6, 1775» Isaiah Thomas printed in
his j&gfiaohusetts Snv a cartoon consisting of a dragon to
represent Great Britain and Franklin's snake, then in nine
segments, with the legend, "Join or Bio*"
This appeared
across the full, width of the front page. Just under the
The Snake device appeared in many colonial papers in
After the revolution, Benjamin i&tasel helped create
public opinion in favor of ratification of the constitution
by running a cartoon In his paper, the M&asapfousetts Sentinel
and Republican Journal*
This cartoon represented the "Feder­
al Mlfice," and "national Borne" of which was to be supported
by pillars representing each of the states*
As the states
approved the Constitution,■on# pillar after another, each
inscribed with the name of a state, was put in place in the
By 1788 all but Berth Carolina and Rhode Island
had ratified the Constitution*
The woodcut was than printed
showing Rorth Carolina's pillar raised part way, with the
legend, "Rise it will,* and Rhode island's pillar broken off
at the base, with the wording, "The Foundation good— it may
yet be saved*
■The first two efforts at Colonial magasln© public
cation occurred within three day# of each- other In Phila­
delphia, in January, 1841 *
neither was successful, and both
were soon -abandoned by their respective publishers, todrow
Bradford and Benjamin Franklin*
After that, magazines multiplied at a rapid rate— at
too fast a pace Judging from the fact that most of them
existed only for short periods*
Twenty were started between
1741- and 1776, one during th© revolution, and 79 between
1783 and 1880*
Most editors of periodicals had the ambition to em­
bellish their publications with copperplates, and frequently
it was announced, that wAs soon as a number of Subscribers
equal to the expense of this magazine are procured, every
number shall then be ornamented with some pleasing represen­
Although the number of these pictures was limited
because of their great expense, they did find a very welcome
place in th© horn©— since in many homes they were the only
pictures— and they did help to popularise art*
The first American magasina to be Illustrated to any
5 w* G* Bleyer, Main Currents in the History of Ameri­
can Journal lam, (Kew forks Houghton Mifflin Co*, l&2?Tf 9* 184.
° Algernon Tessin, The Ma^aain© in America, (lew xork:
Dodd, Mead 4 Co*, 1916), pT'5*
iM lg M M l* w h ic h plemad to- pre­
great degree w&s the
sent its. readers with two copperplate engrsvir^s.
two were presented in its fifteen issues*
3 m m of then# wore
engraved by haul Beirere* who also- illustrated the Steeper!*
1778, edition of Church *a mistfflBr o£ jagg I M A U M £&£» e.n&
the Sew I'erK, 1774* edition of tbe Mew Voycre of Sag-tain
The folio- Bible# published by Xoaleh fhoaaa 1b 1791#
contains a group of fifty copperplates# while Dobson's edition
of the EnoyolODftOdie Brl.t&asicfe.» printed-, in Phlleetelp&le
between 1790*179?» contains 543 copperplates In its IS volumes*
These last marked
turning point in Aaterlean copper*
plate engraving* for# while poor plates did appear occasion**
allj in periodicals# the copperplates end la..ter steel engrav­
ings during the nineteenth century were generally very
PRINTING OF XLLU3TRm0h-S» 1800-1850
After years of decay* wood-engraving was given new
Impetus through the efforts of Thomas Bewick, late In the
eighteenth century* and from that time the drawing, engraving
and printing of woodcuts Improved until the height of ex­
cellence was reached in 1885*
Thomas Bewick was born near Newcastle, England, In
1753 and at the age of 14 he was apprenticed to Ralph Beilby,
an engraver in that city*
In 1775 the Society for the En­
couragement of Arts offered a series of prizes for the best
engravings on wood*
the prizes*
Bewick was on© of three persons winning
Two years later he entered Into partnership with
his old master*
In 1785 Bewick began to engrave the blocks
for his genera.1 History of quadrupeds* which was finished In
This and M s History of British Birds C17973 are the
principle monuments to Bewick’s ability as a wood-engraver*
Bewick developed a technique that became known as
"white line* ”
Formerly wood-engravers considered their
pictures as being black lines on a white background, and
grays and blacks were produced by increasing the number of
cross strokes, as If drawn on paper*
was reversed*
By the new method this
The block was considered, as a black surface,
and the color was lessened by increasing, the number of white
Instead of using planks of soft wood such as pear or
apple* Bewick employed instead the hard wood of the- box tree*
and cut the blocks across the grain of the wood*
the cutting was done with a knife drawn toward the engraver*
but under the new technique the graver was pushed away from
the engraver*
Overlaying of cuts* and the counter process of
slightly lowering surface portions of the engraved blocks*
were either originated or rediscovered by Bewick*
With the revival by Bewick, wood-engraving became very
popular In England and Bewick*s influence was soon felt In
the United States*
Dr* Alexander Anderson of hew fork was the first Ameri­
can engraver to attempt to duplicate Bewick*s example*
Anderson *a first engraving efforts were on metal.
But in
1794, when nineteen years old, he chanced to see a sketch of
Bewick *s life and examples of his work*
He had previously
engraved on metal the illustrations for a. book The Looking
Glass of the Hind* but after seeing Bewick*s work, he repro­
duced them on wood.
After practicing medicine for several years* Anderson
again took up wood engraving, and in lb-04 produced the first
American edition of Bewick*® General History of Quadrupeds*
He continued to engrave woodcuts until two years before his
death In 1870*
Ilia last cut, engraved when he- was 93 years
old, was a picture of the wHudson County Court House and
Jell” for Barber*s Historical Collections of M m Jersey*.
Hot only did Dr*. Anderson do good engraving himself
hut he instructed Joseph Alexander Adams In Bewick* 0 white
line technique* After several attempts to educate himself
.in wood**engrevlngt Adams called on hr* Anderson*
There he
was shown Bewick*s method, was loaned several of Bewick*a
works, and later Anderson sent customers to Adams occasion*
Adams became the foremost wco&~engr&tver in the United
States during the years prior to 1850*
Through Bewick*s efforts wood*sngraving technique was
perfected, but still the printing of illustration by woodcuts
was expensive, difficult and generally highly unsatisfactory*
One of the biggest obstacles was the inability.of the
letterpress presses to handle large woodcuts adequately*
Wooden presses gave way to Iron presses after the perfection
of the first one in 1798 by Lord Charles Stanhope of England,
scientist, mathematlolan and inventor*
George Clyster, in
Philadelphia, early in the nineteenth century invented the
**Columbian" press that was larger, stronger and easier to
operate than the Stanhope press*
Woodcuts require not only more impression than type
surface, but also an Inequality of impression to print
lighter and darker shades*
Because of the need for this.
added pressure, presses still were inadequate for the
printing of large woodcuts*
The Stanhope press proved un-
qualified to print Harvey*a MBentabus#fl a block of 15 x 11#
inches, and It broke under the pressure- of the Columbian
Letterpress printers soon realized that copperplate
printers and. lithographers had a superior method of doing
press work*
this advantage is explained by Theodore De Vinne
as follows:
Applying impression by means of a scraper or a cylin­
der gradually passed over the surface of the stone or
the copper, they could give strong impressions with com­
paratively little exertion and little risk of breakage*
They had. a decided advantage over the woodcut printer#
who# by one sudden blow* diffused a greater force over a
surface a hundred times, sometimes a thousand times*
greater than the surface Impressed at one instant on
stone or copper* The power of the hand-press was weakened
by its diffusion ever too large a surface*«
William Nicholson# (1753-1815) English inventor, is
recorded ©a being the first person to devise a workable de­
sign for a printing machine driven by power*
He, however,
did not succeed in introducing his ideas and Frederick Koenig
produced the first practical power printing press*
used November 28, 181# to print the London Times*
It was
cylindrical printing press, driven by steam, m e capable of
1,000 impressions per hour*
T Theodore L* be Vinna, "The Growth of Wood-Cut
Printing," The Century* XX, (April, 1880), p* 8?2*
Leather rollers supplanted on the cylinder press the
inky balls previously used for hand-presses., but these did
not ink wood outs properly#
The rollers necessarily had a
seas where the ends of the leather were joined, and this
caused streaks across the printing form#
A London printer
named Foster made the first successful composition covered
rollers# and the casting of composition rollers in molds soon
Still more# in order to print woodcuts well# it was
necessary to have paper of uniform thickness and reasonable
Until the Bidots of France and the Fourniers of
England developed# between 1801 and 1810, a machine for
making paper in a continuous web# such paper was very ex­
Even improvements in press# paper and inking ar­
rangements did not convince the printing trade that fine
woodcut printing could be done only with hand-mads paper and
on a hand-press*
It was believed that good woodcut press
work required the use of only small forma,, overlays# and
Inking by hand*
This method was expensive but not always
good# because of the varying skill by which pressmen could
cut overlays*
The expense and inferior quality caused most publish­
ers to illustrate their books by copperplates or lithographs*
Alois Senefelder of Munich In 1796 invented the
lithographic process5 and after he patented it in 1801 , it
rapidly became a popular method of reproduction.
grapby was established commercially in America in 1822, and
resulted immediately in an increase and variety in book end
magazine Illustration*
The first cartoon to be lithographed
In America is thought to be
New Lap of the United States**
issued in 1829 #
Whether it was wthe result of the new, simple, and
cheap method of reproduction or whether it came of the in­
tense interest and protest C M Hickory’s Acts end Policies
aroused,lithographed cartoons became very popular during
Jackson’s administration*
They continued to be issued in
large numbers up through the Lincoln-McClellan presidential
campaign of 1864*
These lithographs were generally printed on separate
sheets varying In size from 10x12 to 14x20 inches, and sold
at 12f to 25^ apiece*
They were Intended to be nailed upon
walls or else passed from hand to hand*
Hot only were they
crude, but in many tlines they were Indecent*
In 1048 the firm of Currier & Ives became the princi­
pal publishers of campaign caricatures in lithograph sheets*
The use of lithographed caricatures ended when the Illus­
trated weeklies began publishing political cartoons.
^william Murrell, A History of American graphic
Humor, (2 vols*# Kew i'orkT 1933 and i93oT*~ I, ’p* 113-iS.
Lithography was used to illustrate many books and
reached a high point of excellence during this period*
Hall* a Indian Tribes of Korth America, published in Phila­
delphia, 1634# contained a series of Indian portraits printed
by lithography.
Between 1815 and 1830 a process was developed that for
a period of thirty or forty years aided greatly in the repro­
duction of engraving*
This process was steel engraving.
John Perkins, Massachusetts inventor and engraver,
invented steel engraving in 1815*
H® first engraved a bank­
note or postage stamp on soft steel, and then hardened the
This original he pressed into a sheet of soft steel
as many times as needed to fill the sheet*
The sheet was
then hardened.
By this method any number of copies of an engraving
could be secured comparatively easily and quickly, and It
proved, to be a means of decreasing the cost of engraving
used Is books and periodicals*
By copperplate engraving each
additional engraving required the same amount of tedious
Steel engraving made It possible to secure cheaper
duplicate, and also to decrease printing costs by printing
several copies of the ©siae engraving at the same time*
About three times as many impressions could be se­
cured from steel engravings# and also the hardened metal
permlted more minute and delicate engraving*
The first steel
engraved art subject appeared In 1830 In a book of poetry,
entitled The Social Day*
Prior to this all line-engravings
on metal had been printed from copper*
By 1865 there wss a .tendency to abandon steel en­
This was largely because electrotyping took away
from steel its superiority over copper in number of is*pres si ©ns from an engraving*
By means of electrotyping, both
copperplates and woodcuts could be plated for long runs*
The first realization of the electrotyping' process was
discovered by Thomas Spencer of Liverpool, England, in 183?
~thirty-eight years after Allesandro Volta, of Pavia, Italy*
had constructed the first electric battery*
While experi­
menting with a battery, Spencer used an English- copper penny
as one of the poles Instead of e plain piece of copper.
deposition of copper from the solution in the battery took
place upon the penny, and upon removing the wire which at­
tached the penny to the zinc plate, a portion, of the copper
deposit was pulled off the penny also,^
Later experiments proved the value of electrotyping
to the printing Industry, and by 1840 it had been developed
into a. practical method, of reproducing printing surfaces*
^ From Xylography to Lead apl&a. JUD. 1440-iUb* 1921*
(Clnelnsttl, Chios The Bapid Electrotype Company, 1921},
p* 2?-8.
The first attempt at commercial electrotyping in
America was male by Joseph A* Adams* wood-engraver# who pro­
duced a metal mold by pressing soft metal onto a woodcut*
Using a Voltaic battery* a copper shell was then deposited
on the mold*
The method was not practical* because In making
the Impression the woodcut was destroyed*
Wax molds proved
more satisfactory*
After either copper or metal have been deposited.on
the mold* this copper or nickel shell Is removed from the
mold and backed with a semi-hard metal*
This Is then fast­
ened to s block of wood and trimmed to printing height*
Stereotyping process* first used, in the early part of
the nineteenth century in the United States* proved of only
limited value in the printing of Illustrations during this
period before 1830 ; but it did aid greatly in the production
of cheaper books*
William Qed of England experimented as- early as 1?2?
with the Idea of founding entire pages of type; but because
of lack of cooperation from other.printers, this effort to
make matrices of type pages was unsuccessful*
During suc­
ceeding years other experiments were conducted by various
persons, but It remained for Lord Stanhope of England to
successfully develop stereotyping*
Type pages were securely locked In the chaise, the
surface of the type oiled to prevent the subsequent mold
from sticking, and then soft plaster**of-paris was pressed
onto the type*
When the plaster became solid, a matrix of
the type page was made*
This matrix, after being thoroughly
dried, was placed In a easting pan and a metal east ssde of
Only one Impression could be made from each plaster
Improvements were made constantly, and In 1848 the
first successful papier-mache matrix was made in Prance*
David Bruce, in 1815, introduced stereotyping in the
United States*
The Larger Catechism of the Westminster
Assembly published by J. Watts <k Company, of New York, was
the first book produced by stereotyping*
Bibles, school
books, and works of popular authors were readily adapted to
Charles Graske, Mew York engraver, introduced the
papier-mache matrix into the United States in 1850, and four
years later he stereotyped a page of the Mew York Herald *
Later he did stereotyping for other Mew York newspapers*
The chief users of copper and steel engravings before
1850 were The Mew York Mirror* Graham* s Magazine, floture
Gallery» 3artain1a Union Magazine, Sacwdln*s Ladles Journal*
and Qodcy*s Lady*s Book*
Sometimes a publisher paid more for
a new plat© than for all the literary content of the issue.
Nevertheless, many magazines offered two steel or copper
engravings in addition to s regular colored fashion plate in
each issue*
The coloring wss ten© by hand*
That these engravings were appreciated ©an he determined from the fast that the picture period!sals and the
large weeklies with woodcuts- had the greatest circulation*
Because of their expense,, m.ny engravings were exchanged from
one megasine to another#,
The most notable example of book Illustration during
this period was in connectIon with the publishing of the
Harper*© Illustrated Family Bible in 1846*
It was embel­
lished by 1600 wood-engravings by Joseph A* M a m s and M s
pupils— 1400 ©f them being original designs by J. G* Chapman*
The printing of these woodcuts by M a m s showed superior work­
they were facsimile line work* rather then "white
The Family ^toaalne* first started by Griegen Bachelor
in 1855 but acquired the next year by Justus Starr Bedfield*
was one of the earliest illustrated American periodicals and
Imitated the London Penny Ha&aalne of Charles Knight*
and In 1843
little later came the B<
Chevalier ¥icoff published his unsuccessful Picture Gallery
for three months*
Examples of newspaper Illustrating between 1800- and
1850 are to be found only Infrequently*
A cartoon* by John
Healey Jarvis* was published in the Federal Jfeixibllean of
in 1814 and then reprinted in the hew fork
4MpiM M M m *#
this picture was occasioned by the repeal of tbs
Embargo let*
Other cartoons did not appear until 1839 when two
humorous drawings were printed in the Iterator Herald* pub*
11shed by James G* Bennett, the elder*
the first one, leg*
end "Great Democratic Meeting in Tammany Hall, of Buttendera,
fointenders, Huge Taws, Bing Tails, bocofoeoe, Ninth fr&rd
Bearers, Ball fillers, etc# etc," appeared November 1st*
other appeared November 5th* a m was entitled Milumora of the
Great Procession of Huge Taws, Buttenaers, Bearers#
Bodies# Housers, Indomitables, Damnablea, Hunkers, Bunkers,
Clinkers, stinkers, Battlers# and Albany Basin Battlers—
First Eight of the Election-All lell Let Loose*”
The Hew fork Herald in its first year published a twoeoluim woodcut of the ruins of the hercheiib*s Exchange by a
disastrous fire and a two-column amp of the burned district*
The same newspaper three days later printed a imp of Mfh©
Seat of War” in connection with the Canadian rebellion cen­
tered in the vicinity of Hlagara Falls*
Bennett portrayed the "Grand Funeral Procession in
Memory of Andrew Jackson" by publishing a large woodcut
engraved by Thomas ¥* strong of Bew fork*
This picture
filled the whole first page and part of the second*
According to william Groavenor Bleyer, In his hftin.
Currents in the History of American Journalism3
When the editors of rival newspapers charged that
this cut was ’Faked'
1 fro® previously printed Illustra­
tions of Queen Victoria’s coronation procession, the
Groton water Celebration, and President Harrison*s funer­
al procession, Bennett published a letter fro® Strong t©
prove that the woodcut had b a m made especially for the
funeral of General Jackson* A year and a half later, the
Herald eclipsed this achievement by issuing an. eightpage pictorial annual containing a variety of woodcuts,
such as, scenes in the Mexican Mar, a cartoon, and pictures
of an actor and an actress In the parts that they were
then taking on the Lew fork stage* In view of the fact
that the making of woodcuts was a slow, laborious, and
expensive process, Bennett deserves great credit for M s
enterprise in pictorial journalism*1^
The *mammoth* weeklies of this period, used many wood-*
cuts, some of'them very large, in their special numbers
issued every Fourth of July and Christmas*
Brother Jonathan*
In its Fourth of July issue, 1848, printed a woodcut cap­
tioned HChapultepicw that measured. 20|x4l inches*
The paper
described this as beings
The largest fine wood-engraving ever printed in the
world* Larger ones, for showbills, have been cut on
mahogany, but never on box— the finest, most compact, and
most valuable of all our imported woods* * * Several
hundred blocks, cut across the grain, and measuring fro®
one to six inches, were nicely cemented together to form
the eight pieces on which the picture was first engraved
to be afterward stereotyped end then soldered In a single
After 1846 many newspapers used type-revolving presses
mud this necessitated the almost total abandonment of wood-
10 Bleyer*>o p * pit*, p* 200*
11 Fre^r Luther
4 history
of American magazines♦
(3 vole*, Cambridge, *r asechusett si Harvard University Tress,
1938), 1, p- 524,.
Several earlier efforts had been mad© to perfect a
rotary type- press by which type would b® fastened to a cylin­
der* but it remained for Colonel Elchard March Boa* an Ameri­
can* to perfect such a press*
This press is described by B* E* Bowker as follows;
In 1844 he {lioe) patented what he called the Plane­
tarium press* In which small cylinders were grouped
©round a larger one* like planets around the sun* Cut
or this was developed the famous Hoe rotary or light­
ning press* in which the form was carried on a huge
cylinder*, the other three fourths of which was raised as
an inking surface* about which the two* four* six or
eight impression cylinders and attendant inking rollers
were-grouped* This press* first used by the Public
hedger of Philadelphia* arid in 1848 by
fatrie* Paris*
finally superseded in the office of the London Time* th©
curious dpplegath press of 1046* in which’the type was
carried in an upright polygonal drum and the sheet© were
printed on end* Colonel Hoe *a patent of 184? included
the ingenious device of the "turtle*** a curved chase with
column rules thinner at the base than at the face* in
which ordinary type could be "locked up” for use on th#
cylinder* In the largest presses ten printings were made
at each revolution of the great cylinder, five men feed­
ing from each side* on© above another* on this enormous
five story press* eighteen feet high* producing 20,000
impressions an hour*^
Plat surfaced cuts could not be printed on such
presses and th© very few used had to receive special treat­
Occasionally a woodcut would be stereotyped in m
curved casting box in order to conform with the curve of the
B* B* Bowker* ”Great American Industries VII; A
Printed Book,” Harper *g Monthly» LXXV, (July, 188?}, p* 178*
By 1850 the dally newspapers had abandoned even their
former feeble attempts at pictorial journalism, and illus­
trations almost entirely disappeared from both th® news and
advertising: columns of th© penny papers*
This was partly
because of th© rule of some of these newspapers that re­
quired uniformity in typography*
However, the major reasons
were the mechanical difficulties Incidental to the repro­
duction of pictures*
Beginning in 1646 and extending for © period of 20
years, many of th© metropolitan newspapers were printed on
type-revolving presses direct from type in curved containers*
It was impossible to print flat surfaced cuts on such presses*
During this period, illustrations were confined to
the comics, juveniles, mechanieal journals, women *s maga­
zines, annuals, the illustrated weeklies, and the two most
popular literary magazines of the period— Imroer*a ^bnthlv
end Scribner*u Monthly*
Host of these featured woodcuts,
although the women9s publications and annuals contained both
woodcuts end steel engravings*
Of these, th© weekly Illustrated newspapers, Horner*a
Monthly and Scribner *a Monthly were the amin forces that
kept pictorial journalism alive until improved reproduction
processes made It possible for the daily newspapers to enter
the field of illustration*
The first of the pictorial weeklies was The Penny
smmzln® of London* established March 31st» 1832 by Charles
Knight and the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge*
This eight-page publication contained only three illustra­
tions in its first number*
'weeks were required to prepara
woodcuts for the maga&lne* and although stereotyping and m
ateam printing press were used* only 333 copies could be
printed per hour*
Undoubtedly this publication was prejaature~tbe
reading public was not prepared for pictorial journalism*—
but it did lead to the establishment of She Illustrated London
Hews■May 14* 1642, by Herbert Ingram*
Thirty-two woodcuts
were used in the first issue of the Lews and 26,000 copies
were sold*
By the end of its first year* circulation had
reached 66,000.
So successfully did Ingram solve the then
difficult problems of securing* engraving and reproducing
pictures that the illustrated Hews not only was successful but
has survived to the present day*
One year later h y11lustration in Paris and Illustrlrte
Ee-Itim^ in Leipzig followed the Mews Into the field of pic­
torial journalism*
The first attempt to establish a pictorial journal In
the United States was made by Chevalier Mikoff, well-known
lew York publisher.*
In 1844 he brought a small corps of
artists and wood~engravers from Europe and Issued an eightpage weekly,. The l-lcture Gallery*- This publication did not
appear regularly because of the shortage of wood-engravers,
and finally ceased entirely after a few
In 1851 two illustrated weeklies
were founded,
Boston and the other in lew York City*
The first of these m s Gleason's -Pictorial DrawingRoom Companion* established b y ■Frederick Gleason, successful.
Boston publisher*
After five preliminary numbers containing
only a
few woodcuts, Volume I, Humber 1 was issued.- on
Maturln Murray Ballou was editor of this sixteen-page
Sight pages of the Pictorial were devoted to woodcuts
with very little letterpress on these pages*
Subjects por­
trayed included scenes from both abroad and America, natural
history, ships, and military scenes*
mad© to picture current events*
Only little effort m s
This was confined to por­
traits of prominent persons— such as presidents, kings, and
queens— reproductions of famous .paintings, and scenes of
Among the engravers employed by Gleason was a .man
using the name Frank Leslie— a name he was destined to make
famous as wthe pioneer and founder of illustrated journalism
in America#**^
B o m in Ipswich, England, March 29, 1821,
Henry Garter at th® age of thirteen showed a remarkable
ability as a wood-carver*
In submitting engravings to vari­
ous publications, he used the pseudonym of Frank -Leslie*
Garter went to London ostensibly to enter a dry-goods
house ©s a clerk but in reality to be nearer the office of
The Illustrated |lew§*
feithin a few years he became chief of
the engraving room of the hews*
Leslie eerae to iew fork City*
In 1848, at the age of 27*
The directory for the following
year listed him as wLeslie, P., engraver, 98 Broadway.1*
During Jenny Lind *s tour In 1849, Leslie arranged with P* 1.
Bamum to issue Illustrated programs for her concerts*
Gleason’s Pictorial Draw1hr-Room Companion was a suc­
The subscription price was §3*00, except during the
second year of the periodical when th® price was raised to
When the price was reduced to §3*00 again, the cir­
culation increased to over 100,000 copies, which netted
Gleason #25,000 e year*
Late In 1854 Gleason sold his publishing enterprises
to Ballou*
The roagaslne, under the title of Ballou’s n o ­
torial Drawlm?-Hoorn Companion* continued to be issued until
j. c* Derby, Fifty fears Among Authors* Books epd
Publishers, (£ew lorfcj G* W* Carleton ^ Co., 1884), P* 693*
The- second Illustrated weekly started In 1831 was the
American Illustrated Hews of Hew York City*
1* W* strong*
publisher of this paper, attempted to illustrate current
happenings; but these pictures were printed a© long after
the events had occurred that the pictures lost their news
The shortage of wood^engr&vings and competition with
Gleason’s Flctorial caused the American Illustrated hews to
stop publication after a few issues*
Both Strong’s and
Gleason’s papers were offered at six cents © copy, but the
former contained only eight pages***'half'the number of Its
Learning that P* T. Baroui was interested in the es­
tablishment of an illustrated weekly in Lew York City, Frank
Leslie visited Bsm u m at his Bridgeport, Conn*, home Thanks­
giving Bay, 1832*
As a result of this Interview Leslie
became managing foreman of the Illustrated Lews when it was
established by Bamura and Moses X* Beach of the Hew York Bun
January 1, 1853*
start the weekly*
£ach?of the owners contributed j20tGCG to
Within half m year Leslie purchased
B &mum*s Interest, and at the close of 1833, th© newspaper
was merged with Gleason’s notorial*
Commenting on the failure of this enterprise, .Frank
Leslie stated th© founder® imagined “that there was no more
difficulty in managing an illustrated than an ordinary news­
Instead, they were faced with a shortage of woodengravers , a limited supply of proper wood blocks* and even
more serious* were unable to find a press In hew xork capable
of printing woodcuts successfully*
Leslie also stated that because the publishers were-5
Compelled to put their paper to press ten days before
its date, they were necessarily compelled to exclude all
subjects of immediate interest— such as constitute the
staple matter of a, newspaper* So far as mere pecuniary
calculation went* the enterprise could not be regarded
as a failure, as, even in the face of all these disad­
vantages, th© paper had reached a circulation of about
seventy thousand copies* Xhe proprietors, however* fa­
tigued and disheartened by the hourly obstacles and
anxieties which they had to encounter to meet its artis­
tic requirements* finally resolved to abandon it* ex­
pressing, nevertheless, their conviction* that such a
speculation would pay magnificently if undertaken at a
later period, and under th© proper conditions of suc­
Deciding to enter the publishing business for himself,
Leslie started Frank Leslie*s Ladles* Gazette of .Fashion and
Fancy needlework in January* 1654*
Thus the first of three
"Frank Leslies*1— none of whom were baptised with that name—
began the publishing of illustrated periodicals*
By December 15, 1655, Leslie thought the proper period
had come for starting a picture weekly* arid on that date the
first number of Frank Leslie*a Illustrate^ Newspaper was
It was announced in this issue that arrangements had
FP&afe Leslie*a illustrated
1865, I, Do* 1, pi 6 7 " " ' ....
December 15#
beer perfected that would make it possible to have t
Pictorial delineations of almost th® seine promptness
as th© written intelligence of the fact Itself* Other
arrangements that we have entered into will place ■us in
possession of Illustrations of the most salient features
of the European news, thus rendering our journal the most
comprehensive and interesting pictorial record of events
t© be found in either hemisphere* 5
This weekly pictorial consisted of sixteen pages of
large quarto size*
Subscription price was §4*GG per year,
and 10^ & copy, 40tDOG copies of the first number were issued*
The first issue contained illustrations of striking Inci­
dents in Dr* lane*s arctic exposition*
Two of these, a large picture on page one labeled
HThe Arctic Explorers.
Brawn by Wallin*
Fro® an ambro-
type by Brady,M and a full page illustration on page nine
entitled "Dr* Kane and His Comrades Abandoning the ’Advance* *
From a Sketch made on the spot"— show evidence of having
been engraved by th© method developed by Leslie to speed up
engraving of woodcuts*
The wood used for the cuts was "Boxwood"., from Turkey,
because of its extreme hardness*
However, the trees only
grow to a few inches in diameter and so, in order to secure
large wood blocks, It was necessary to bolt a number of
small bits together*
After "the Artist on the Spot" had
supplied the subject for s woodcut, other artists placed the
design on the wood block selected*
Mhmi this was completed.,
the screws which held the small parts of wood together were
unloosed, and the block was divided again into a number of
Upon each there is but the fragment of the drawing,
one ha© a little bit of sky, another a group of children
cut in two in the middle5 another, part of a house,
another a trunk of a treat another is covered with foli­
age* Tmn or fifteen engravers now seise these fragmen­
tary pieces, arid work night and day; not a moment is
lost; they silently and industriously pursue their work,
and the surface of the several blocks are cut away save
where they are marked by the image of the artistes
pencil, and we have left the surface which mak^.3 the Im­
press on our paper known as a wood-engraving*
Some large pictures were divided into as many as 32
pieces with that number of engravers working on the same
When printed, some of the pictures showed white
lines where the separate blocks were joined, but these were
of only minor Importance,
the Christmas season generally brought a large pic­
torial extra in Leslie1©* As a foldod-ln supplement to the
issue for October 25, 1856, the Illustrated hewamner con­
tained a 20 inch by 30 inch woodcut of *Th© Monarch of th©
It shows evidence of having been engraved in 24
Another huge woodcut supplement accompanied the
March ?, 1857 issue, portraying **General wayne*s Assault on
Stony Point* **
Frank Leslie*a Illustrated newspaper« August 2,
1856, p, 123.'
News stories were Illustrated by large, striking
pictures and were printed about two weeks after the events
they portrayed had occurred— ”©. promptitude In news 11 lus­
tration never before known in America and not matched by any
competitor until after the Glvll War***^
While the majority of the woodcuts were engraved from
sketches or painted pictures, so®© were' drawn from ambrotypes
supplied by K* A* Brady, through his National Gallery of
This later method was used mainly in the
production of portraits of eminent men* IS
For the most part, news events featured in l^ealie.*®
were of the sensational kind— crime, train collisions, mine
disasters, burning steamers, battles, etc*
The Burdell murder in the winter of 1857 nwss the
turning point in illustration in this country." ^ Burdell,
a popular New York dentist was murdered in Mrs* Cunningham*®
boarding house on Bond street where he boarded and had M s
Although his newspaper was on the verge of collapse,
Leslie had pictures drawn of the scene of the crime, then
raised the necessary money, and published over 200,000 copies
Frank Luther Mott, op* pit*, II, p* 453*
Frank Leslie*® Illustrated Newspaper* March 15,
1856, p* 21?*
^ Stephen H* ilorgan, 11The Evolution of Daily News­
paper Illustrating*M The Graphic Arts and Grafts Year Book*
1 OS, p* 230 *
of the edition*
this aided Leslie*a financial situation and
enabled hi® to continue hi a newspaper publication*
end of 1858* he claimed a circulation of 100,000*.
reached 164,000 before the Civil War*
By the
This number
During the war the
Illustrated weeklies secured tremendous circulation which
they held for many years*
A formidable competitor to Leslie*s was started Jenn-*
ary 3* 1857* ■when Harper*a Weekly was established*
At first
It was Intended as a literary weekly, but gradually began to
feature news, and while few pictures were used in the early
Issues, woodcuts were used in increasing numbers*
the first
full page Illustration was a picture of President Buchanan
and his cabinet, printed April 11, 1857, and the first double
page picture— one showing the steamship Leviathan— was pub~
llshed l^&reh 6, 1858*
Beginning August 15* 1.857# Frank Leslie also printed
each weekly edition of his newspaper in the German language
under the title of the XlXustrlrte Zeiturau
As the revenue
from his publications Increased, Leslie increased the number
of his publications.*
It was his ambition to provide mn
Illustrated periodical for all classes of people*
Among these were the Lady* a Haiga&lne* Lady Vs Journal*
Boy*a and Girl1a Weekly* Chimney Corner, Pleasant Hours* Boys
of America, Jolly Joker, Comic Almanac, Hew England Almanac
and Illustrated Almanac*
All these bore the name of Frank
Cray one of his publications did not contain his
tmmm as part of its title*
That one m s Tam Bey* a Dolma*
“illustrating Extraordinary Brents of the Day, Lollce He**
ports, Important Trials, and Sporting Mews*w
The editor of
Lork Times, July 3, 16?2 called this periodical a
“wicked and disgusting sheet*” but Leslie retaliated by
saying that he was Indebted to the Times for the news items
on which the pictures were based*
By an act of the Lew Xork legislature In 1657, he
acquired legal rights to the name of "Prank Leslie*”
Leslie displayed remarkable journalistic enterprise
in the manner in which he “covered” the heavyweight champion-*
ship fight, held 30 miles from London, England, at Farnborough in i860, between John 0* Heenan* the Benicia 'Boy, and
Tommy Ssyer, the English favorite*
He sent reporters, en~
gravers and Illustrators to cover the fight*
illustrators was Thomas Last*
Among the
Twenty-hours after Beenan and
Bayer had fought with bare fists, Leslievs men had an extra
on the streets of London*
They then hired a special train
to take themselves, 20,000 printed copies, and the engraved
plates to the boat* which was delayed four hours in order
that they might .make connections*
Landing at Hew Xork* they
not only scooped the town with the first detailed story of
the fight, but were able to furnish pictures of it*
plates were rushed to the composing room, and M y 12, i860
a fight, edition of Fp&nk Leslie* a Illustrated newspaper was
Over 37^*000 copies were sold*
Of lasting value to the city of new fork was the plo-
torial fight by Leslie*s against the *Swill Milk11 abuse
during the early history of the periodical*
Most of the
dairies supplying, milk t© the city fed their cows refuse
from the distilleries*
M though this stimulated the pro­
duction of milk#, the cows developed sores all over their
bodies and their tails rotted off*
was filled with germs*
fhe milk from these cows
fh© combination of the dairies# dis­
tilleries* and city politicians resisted all attempts to
correct this evil*
Leslie1s editorial campaign against this practice was
vigorous but his picture campaign was even more effective*
Pictures showing the foul dairies, and diseased* stump-tailed
cows were printed In all their horrible reality.*
City of­
ficials made a pretence of investigating the situation but
did nothing to correct it*
The paper printed a cartoon
showing three aldermen whitewashing a stump-tailed cow*
led to an Indictment against Leslie for criminal libel but
the- charge was dismissed by. a grand Jury*
Finally# a committee from the Pew Xork Academy of
Medicine was appointed# and In a report In the spring of
1859# substantiated all of Leslie*a charges*
Complete victo­
ry cam© when the state legislature, in 1861, forbade the
sal© of milk from cows fad on distillery waste*
Another illustrated weekly was started in New fork
City., in competition with harper*a and Leslie *3 . on-Bov ember
12, 1839* and was entitled the liew Xork Illustrated News*
John King published this paper for a year and one-half and
then sold it to T. B, Leggett*
m n $ woodcuts were printed
— a number of them appearing as folding pages— but the liter­
ary content ©f the weekly was inferior to Haroer*s*
in 1864 It was purchased by w* Jennings Demurest, who added
to it music, fashions and patterns, and a woman*a department*
August, 1864 It was merged with Eme* Deforest*a Mirror of
Gleason *s hine-of-Battle Ships prominently featured
illustrations during its 14 month career beginning November,
Special papers were also issued to commemorate Im­
portant holidays*
Of these, the Fourth of July, 1889* Issue
of Constellation, published by George Roberts, I© of par­
ticular Interest*
Each of its eight pages measured four feet, two
inches, by eight feet, four Inches, and was filled with large
Over 80*000 copies were sold of this mammoth-
sized publication*
The first illustrated paper of a purely religions
character was The Illustrated Christian Weekly * first Issued
In March » lo?i by the American Tract Society*
Bazaar, started November 2* 1867* in its illustrations
featured fashion* patterns* and fine art pictures*
The Civil War created prosperity for both Leslie* a
Illustrated Newspaper and Harper*g Weekly.
A week after, the
firing on Port Sumter, Leslie*s paper contained a four-page
folding picture of the bombardment*
Both papers sent art*
Isis to the bsttlafront where they worked under great handi­
cap and constant danger*
Kany full and double page pictures of military en­
gagements were printed and the illustrated weeklies Issued
extra editions for big events*
Harper*s Weekly excelled in
Its literary content while Leslie*8 was noted for its live­
Lot only were artists sent to the front, but army
officers were engaged by the Illustrated newspapers to send
In sketches*
This practice led to the temporary suspension
Berner*s Weekly by Secretary Stanton on a charge of giving
Hmid and the enemy" by printing pictures showing
General McClellan beseiglng Yorktown*
Fletcher Harper* pub­
lisher of the weekly* went to Washington where he succeeded
in having the suspension removed*.
the foundation for its later
prominence by hiring in 1862 George William Curtis as po­
litical editor and Thomas Last as an illustrator*
Bast had
spent some time previously working on Frank resile Vs II-
luatra&ed newspaper and the -Mew fork Illustrated [email protected]*
Thornes Mast’s signature first appeared In the Harper* a
weekly* August 30* 1862, in connection with a full page illus­
tration of "John Morgan’s Highwaymen**
This was followed in
September by **A Gallant Color-Bearer,M and "The Rebel Army
Crossing the Potomac* ** However, even before this time Bast
had contributed an occasional picture to Harper’s Weekly*
The first of these was submitted in March, 1859, and depicted
police scandal in flew fork City*
Thus in his first appear­
ance in the periodical. Mast chose the subject— civic abuse—
that was to make his famous in connection with the weekly*
Mast’s emblematic cartoons of the Civil War created- a
tremendous impression among the northerners, and shortly
befor© the close of the struggle President Abraham Lincoln
declared "Thomas Mast has been our best recruiting sergeant*M
Through three decades the political views of Harper*a
Weekly were descriptively portrayed by Thomas Mast’s vigorous
The Tammany Tiger, the elephant and the donkey,
as political symbols, were the creation of Hast*a pen#
The Democratic party in national convention at Chi­
cago in 1864 declared in its platform that the war was a
failure and pledged itself to arrange an early peace*
20 Henry J. Harper, 2he iionse of aS B B M D - A fflSfiSm
of Publishing in Franklin 8puaro» {Mew fork i Harper & Broth­
ers Publishers, 191^1,'p* loo*
prompted Kast to draw a cartoon, “Compromise with the
South,’* that proved to he a powerful political weapon*
this cartoon the Southerner# with one foot In the grave of
**Uni on heroes who fell in a useless war#** grasps the hand
of a crippled northerner#
At the graveside Columbia weeps#
and behind the Southerners, negroes are seen again in chains#
Extra editions of Barper* s Meekly failed to supply the de­
mand for copies of this cartoon#
During the presidential campaign millions of copies
of It were printed# and these ttunquestionably had more
weight in deciding the outcome than any other single
Ablest of Harper*s Weekly1s campaigns# and the one
that brought the greatest fame to Bast# was the one against
the “Tweed Bing** in the years 1869-72*
Of the daily news-
.papers, the Hew Tork Times— mainly through editorials byLouis J* denning— was the only newspaper in Mew Xork that
fought against Boss Tweed*a corrupt city government*
ever# Hast* s cartoons were “a weapon oven more powerful
than Jermlng*s vituperation*1,22 Among the most eloquent of
these were “The Tammany Tiger Let Loose** published in Har­
per* s* November 11# 1871# and **A Group of Vultures Waiting
21 Murrell, ©£* cit*# I, p* 209*
22 Elmar Davis# History of the Lew fork Times* 18511921* (Lew York, 1921}, p, 93*
for the Storm to ’Blow Over,%
September 25, 1671*
lew© pictures, other than those originating in an
Illustrated weekly *s particular territory, were both diffi­
cult and expensive to secure.
In order to give greater pic­
torial coverage than it was possible to secure through their
own artists, the weeklies copied, many pictures from other
illustrated periodicals*
In some instances electrotypes
were exchanged between European illustrated newspapers and
Hew York ones*
Commenting on this practice, Frank Leslie*s Illus­
trated Newspaper* in 1870, stated that it was true that it
took Important pictures from foreign illustrated periodical©
and republished them under the heading HSpirit of the Illus­
trated Press*n
It further stated!
We take the pictures'on the -same 'principle that the
European newspapers copy out from American newspapers*
Such American intelligence and criticism on current af­
fairs as, it is supposed by them, may interest their
readers, and vice versa* We cannot be expected to have
that sufficiently ubiquitous Individual *Our Special
Artist, * in all part© of the world at the same moment j
and w© reasonably expect that the illustrated newspaper©
^ During Mast1© series of cartoons, Tweed is reported
to have said "Let*8 stop them damn pictures* 1 don’t care
what the papers writ® about me— any constituents can’t read*
But— damn It— they can see pictures* Quoted by William Benchtold, In hi© *Mor© Fodder.for iriotomaniecs,u Perth American
Review* GCXXXIX, (Jan,, 1955}$ p* 20* Hast was offered a
bribe of 3500,000 provided .he would go abroad and stop draw­
ing for a year* George Richards, ftPictorial Journalism,w
World Today, IX, (August, 1905)# p. 849*
of Franco,. Germany and Great Britain will properly and
adequately Illustrate the leading events of their res­
pective countries* as we may fee expected to illustrate,
end it is our duty to illustrate those of ours* They
have the right, and are welcome to use our illustrations
for the Instruction or amusement of readers which we
cannot, in the nature of things* reach; and we claim an
equal right to use their pictures for the intelligence
and amusement of the American public, whom, in the p .
nature of things, their publications cannot reach*
Efforts were constantly feeing made to improve the ap­
pearance of the printed woodcuts and also to reduce the cost
of engraving them.
A very important development was the
Joining of photography and wood-engraving*
Pictures were
photograplied onto wood blocks before going to the engraver.
This practice was in more or less general use after 1866*
it made possible the reproduction of pictures as drawn fey
the artist or as appearing in •'nature*w
It did away with
the necessity of drawing the picture onto the wood block—
a difficult task since the picture had to conform to the
si2© of the block and also the picture had to fee drawn in
reverse— and it enabled the artist to make sketches any
size they desired since the camera could enlarge or reduce
three difficulties had to fee over come before photo­
graphy could fee useful to wood engraving* {1} the collodion
film had to fee modified or done away with; (2) the silver
E'ranfc Leslie*. Illustrated i.'ewBtsger. April 9,
1870, p. 50.
nitrate had to- be prevented from sinking into the wood; and
(3), steps had to be taken to prevent the block from warping
from absorption of moisture#
The collodion film had to be modified in order that
it would not peel up before the graver, or be cut in such a
way that outlines were destroyed*
The silver nitrate had
to be kept cut of the pores of the wood since it would turn
black when exposed to light#, and so prevent the engraver
from seeing what he was doing*2-*
Even with the aid of photography* woodcuts were ex­
pensive to engrave and print*
In 1865* Harper*a Monthly
claimed that it had printed 10,000 engravings on wood, "the
cost of which will average about thirty dollars each.*2^
Frank Leslie, in 1873# was spending 14,000 a week for his
art department in connection with his various publications*2^
Frank Leslie, as m member of the New York state board
of directors of managers for the Centennial at Fhlladelphla,
published an elaborately lliustrated volume Frank Leslie *B
Historical Register of the United states Centennial Expo­
sition, 1876 (1777)*
This volume caused Leslie to experience
Frank Leslie’s Illustrated newspaper, December 16,
1865, p. 193*
26 Mott, o£* .lit*, II, p* 193*
2 ^ Frank Leslie’s Illustrated newspaper* March 15,
1873, p* 3*
a heavy financial loss*
The financial depression of 1877* heavy living ex­
penses, and litigation in connection with the divorce of his
first wife, wiped out Leslie's fortune*
His divorce and his
subsequent second marriage proved to be very sensational#
After divorcing his first wife, by whom he had three sons,
Leslie married Mrs* Mariam Florence Squier, divorced wife of
E* O* Squier, well-known author and editor of Leslie's news­
paper for many years*
in 1879, Leslie brought suit against
his two surviving sons because they were using the name
"Frank Leslie” in connection with a periodical they were
When Frank Leslie died January 10, 1880, he
left liabilities aggregating §300,000*
in June, 1881, his
widow had her name changed, by court action, to "Frank
Through journalistic enterprise, she capitalised on
the death of President James A* Garfield, that same year,
and wiped out most of her debts*.
After being shot by an
assassin July 2, 1881, Garfield lived until Monday evening,
September 19th*
The Illustrated 1©warnper had already gone
to press when the news of his death arrived, but Mrs* Leslie
Immediately had the presses stopped*
The entire force
started the preparation of s. new edition*
Sketches were
received of the death-bed scenes 'Tuesday morning, new en­
gravings were made, and by Wednesday evening copies of the-
edition were for ©ale on the street©*
Two hundred thousand
extra copies were ©old*
A week later she had sketches made of the funeral
service© in Washingtonf on Friday, and then succeeded in
having 30.f000 copies of The Illustrated Kewapaper in Cleve­
land by Monday in time for the burial ceremonies*
Harper* a Weekly continued to be published until May
13# 1916, when it was swallowed by the Independent* and
Lesliefg Weekly survived until merged with JudRe in 1922,
although long before this they had lost their significance
In the field of 11lustrati or-*
The development of photomechanical processes of
engraving and their adoption by Illustrated Sunday news­
papers and the dally newspapers, made the news picture cover­
age of the Illustrated weeklies too slow*
This, combined
with the commonplace of good Illustrations in all type of
publications* spelled the death knell of the Illustrated
o m r m B vi
The enthusiasm shown by the reading public ter the
illustrated weeklies such aa .heslis *a and HaroerVa carried
aver into the entire field of book and magazine publishing*
Publl oat ions, containing illustrations were the most popular,
and consequently the publishers found them most profitable*
Improvement In engraving technique was reflected by the
Issuing* during the sixties and seventies, of elaborately
illustrated books, such as annuals, gift books, d© luxe
editions, and volumes of travel and description*
Hot only
did they serve as elegant adornment a for the living room
table, but in many oases, such publications were the only
source of art for American homes*
The use of capper and steel plates continued as the
medium for the higher type of engravings until after 1865,
but the use of wood-engraving increased steadily*
The founding of Harper*a Hew Monthly Ma&azlne* June,
1850, marked the beginning of an era that was to lead to
the perfection of wood-engraving to m degree never surpassed*
The phenomenal success of the magazine Itself resulted from
Its publication of fiction from great English novelists,
travel stories, biographical articles, and above all else—
pictures and more pictures from woodcuts*
In November# 1870, Harper* s Monthly receive formi­
dable competition when Scribner*® Monthly appeared bo serve
the same middle-class public with literary material fully
Th© resulting competition led to the improve*
ment of illustration In both of the periodicals and "soon
America led the world in illustration* «2&
Alexander W* Drake, as superintendent of Scribner*s
Art department. Is credited, with much of the progress made
In wood-engraving*
As one of the pioneers in 'the process of
photographing original pictures upon wood blocks prior to
engraving them, ^ Drake greatly enlarged, the field for both
artists and engravers*
William Webster Ellsworth, 4 golden Age of Authors*
(Boston, 1919)# P* ?0.
Ellsworth, c£* elt ►. p* 70, states wMr* Drake de­
veloped the process of photographing the original picture
upon the block* . . ** Mott, op* clt* * III# p* 466, says
Drake*s “promotion of the method of photographizig on wood as
an aid to the engraver was perhaps M s most striking single
contribution to the art of illustration*” However, photo­
graphy on wood was used many years prior to the establish­
ment of Scribner *a Monthly* J* D* Brinckerhoff of Dew fork
is credited by Robert" Taft In his T h g t and the Ameri­
can Scene* (Mew forks Macmillan, 1938}," p* 420, as being
the first to successfully solve the problems of photographing
on wood* In the Photographic and Fine Art Journal for Feb­
ruary, 1855 , the first pub1 Ished example of Brinekerhoff*0
work appeared* Robert Price of Worcester, Massachusetts, and
C* B* Boyle of Albany, Kew Eork, both secured patents in
■5, 1657 and February 8 , 1859, respectively, for process for
photographing on wood* Such methods evidently were common
knowledge by 1868 because Frank Ipesll^s Illustrated, news­
paper, December 16, 1865, described' problems confronted in
photography on wood.
Previously artists drew their pictures backward, with
the limitations of the block size still further cramping
their work.
With the aid of photography they could make their
pictures any size they wished, and later enlarge or reduce
them to fit the wood blocks*
In i brief period the entire character of woodcuts
changed under the sponsorship of a Wnew school11 of wood*
”Sweeping lines gave way to very short lines” atid
engravers soon learned wto achieve the effects of charcoal*
pencil, clay, wash, or oils*”-*® Formerly wood-engravers
attempted to interpret the artist's drawln&-~*Under the new
method, they tried to reproduce it faithfully*
The pictures
drawn by V* E* Kelly and engraved by Frederick Juengling, in
Scribner *© * led in the trend towards the new sethod of en­
.The Century Illustrated Monthly rfaRazlne (the name of
Scribner'a hontfaly we a changed when the management of the
magazine was charged in 1881} in April, 1681, listed the
characteristics of the United States asi
(1 ) originality of style; (2 ) Individuality and (as s cor­
ollary) variety of style; and (3 ) chiefly— faithfulness in
the reproduction of a wide range of subjects by diverse
30 Mott, ©£. olt,. Ill, p. 186,
Wood-Engraving a M the Scribner iriae,w Century*
XXI, {Aprilt 1881), p* 938* The article continues: This
magazine has held that whatever may be the function of the
engraver, It does- not argue license to play at will with
the personality of the artist, but simply freedom to vary
from conventional ways of approaching it*
’’When. Scribner*a was established In 18TO, and for
several year& after, the native resources of magazine illus­
tration were limited to a few designers upon the blocks, who
either made original drawing© or copied paintings, in which"
the quality of the painting was ©wallowed up (as it could
not help to be) In the pictorial mannerisms of the draughts­
"By the time the pictures reached the public eye, the
skies, foliage, and accessories of one were indistinguish­
able from those of another, for all were cut by a traditional
formula— often conventionally correct, but generally lifeless
and without charm* Occasionally portraits were rephotographed
upon the block to be cut almost a© conventionally* Ab a
consequence, the magazine fell into a rut, with little more
or less of each draughtsman in each issue, while & whole
world of art lay at their feet, which they could not make
available, because demands upon the engraver© to approximate
more closely the pa.inter*s mood were met by the traditional
reply that It was ’Impossible to cut a block In that way** If
not impossible to cut, it was Impossible to print* For It 1©
both fair to many engravers to say that their conventional
mannerisms were largely due to the Imperfections of the print­
ing machinery then in general use* Of what use was It to cut
blocks finely, to try new textures, to invent new style©,
when the press could not print them decentlyI The woodcuts
which have made many engravers famous would have been rejected ten years ago, by magazines her© and abroad, as
thoroughly unprintable.
"The approach to the desired result was made by m
flank movement* Engraver© were found who were willing to
cut blocks upon which were photographed wash-drawings and
pencil-work, and in doing so as to retain some of the tech­
nique of the artist* Their experiments were extended to
charcoal, crayon, pen-and-ink, etc*, and before long engrvers learned to throw theraaelve© Into the spirit of the new
work* . *f’p* 9 ^1 *
This magazine encourage young people to take up
woM-engravlng by offering prices for th© best amateur work
Mr* Drake, Timothy Cole* engraver, and Theodore
I)e Vinne# printer, were Judg©s of the annual contests#
Timothy Cole not only became the most noted engraver
harper*s* but was a leader in the Wnew school” of woodengraving*
Juengling and George Kruell were other well-
known exponents of this method*
William J* binton was the
spokesman for the engravers who insisted that their work
should be interpretive*
The excellent work of the engravers, however, would
have amounted to little if reproduction methods had not kept
The perfection of stop cylinder presses by Col*
Richard R* Hoe provided a press that not only had the
strength to print woodcuts but also possessed an adequate
Ink distributing system.
In addition, Theodore I>e Vinn©ts
pioneering in printing, methods made Century the best-printed
magazine in the world*
He led In the use of dry paper and
calendared paper, in the use of hard press packing, and in
the use of makeready and overlay in printing woodcuts*.
By the middle of the 1880*8 woM-engraving had
reached a stage of near perfection*
However, although they
were not susceptible to criticism as to their quality, their
quantity was censored.
Charles T* Gongdon, in the north
American Review, i.ovomber, 1084, said that Century and
HI* Nicholas pictures were good:
Well-drawn, well-engraved, end admirably printed*
they ere instructive, and for those who will not think,
they help the text*- it is true that they are mannered.,
and there are so many of them that they become some­
times as wearisome as a book extended from one volume to
ten % but it is encouraging to feel that we have at
least reached the extreme point, beyond which we can no
further go, unless we give up letterpress altogether**?2
Hardly had wood-engraving reached its full glory when
the perfection and development of the halftone wiped out,
almost overnight, a profession that had taken years of in­
finite pains to perfect*
Hie halftone, at first, did not
equal the best wood-eigrsvings% but greater economy of the
halftone made it possible for publishers to continue the
use of wood-engraving.
A full page wood-engraving cost |75
to $250 m d required three or four weeks to make (if en­
graved by a single person); while a halftone, at that time,
could be produced in one afternoon at a cost of §9 to |12 *
Although the Century * in 1690, did not wish to agree
Mwith those who think wood-engraving in America has seen
its best day, and is likely to be superceded by mechanical
’processes*,M*^ the use of woodcuts diminished rapidly.
perfect had wood-engraving become that the change to half­
tones Is hardly noticeable in the printed pages*
-'*■ Charles f* Cong&on, ^Excess of Illustration,n Korth
American Review. CXXXXV, {November, 1884), p. 489* Other
such criticisms are listed by Roit, op. olt., II, p. 397 , and
Ellsworth, op. olt.. p* 75*
" "The Outlook for wood-Engraving," Centura. XXIII,
(June, 1290), p. 312.
the m m i m
of the camera ahd the priktihb press
The wadding of the camera and the printing press (a
phrase coined by Stephen H* Morgan) has had a tremendous
influence on the printing Industry.
Photoengraving# the
result of this union, filled a very definite need*
Also, it
was s primary contributing factor in improving presses, paper,
rollers end ink— -since the printing of halftone demanded new
methods and equipment*
All of this, combined with the inven­
tion of type setting and type casting machines, lias resulted
in the great growth of the printing business*
Although the printing press very definitely serves
the historians by reproducing end preserving pictures end
the written word, it has failed t© record with certainty two
of the most important chapters in the history of printing*
Both the details of the invention of printing and the inven­
tion of photoengraving ©re shrouded with mystery*
Coster- Gut ©riberg controversy has been conducted for © long
time with no apparent possibility of complete agreement of
all experts*
bhlle photoengraving is comparatively new, already it
Is difficult ftb© disentangle the amasingly Intricate pattern
of overlapping Inventions and experiments.**^
processes and method® seem to have been devised by several
men within a short period of tin® in widely separated places*
Heated, and at times bitter, discussion of claims, counter­
claims, end technicalities ,hes only added to the general
The history of the halftone process owe® its be­
ginnings to the experiments in photography by Dr* Johann
Heinrich Schulze* a German, in 17%7 and hi® discovery that
the action of light on silver salts caused them to turn
Several Englishmen* Sir John Herschell, Thomas
wedgwood (son of the famous English potter) and Sir Humphery
Davy, early in the nineteenth century, were among the first
to experiment with photography*
iowever, the joint discoveries of two Frenchmen,
Joseph iu hiepee and Louis M* Daguerre, that plates seni- >
tlzod with bitumen exposed to the action of light in the
camera gave permanent negatives, marked the definite be­
ginnings of both photography and photoengraving.
The first
photoengraving was produced by Liepee in 1827 , and in a note,
he stated that on December 14, 1829, "he found a substance
to fix the camera so It might be used in making a printing
Hellrautt Lehmann-Baupt, The sock In toeriea* (Lew
York? R. R. Bowker C©mpeny, 1939), p* T U T
January 7, IB39 Francois Ar&go» speaking- before the
French Academy of science* revealed that Daguerre had suc­
ceeded In making permanent Images on polished plates*
urged that the invention be purchased end published for the
use of the entire world*
In the summer of 1839 the French
government passed a bill giving pensions to Daguerre, and
since Mlepee was dead* to the son of Piepee.
A public
demonstration was given August 19 before an enthusiastic
i ©tails of the process were published and then
translated Into many languages^ ~thus becoming public know­
Mungo Ponton, during this same year, 1839# found that
bichromate of potash, in combination with albumen or some
other colloid, became insoluble in water through the action
of light*
This idea was further developed by Fox Talbot*
1851 , Gillot, 1859 , and others— and combined with the us© of
gelatine— formed the basis for many processes*
In developing processes for letterpress illustration
printing, photoengraving experiments were conducted along
55 Stephen H. Morgan, "The printers* Obligation to
the Camera," Inland .Printer. XJGOLIII* (April* 1929}* p* 83*
56 Details of the process reached United States in
September, end a translation by Professor John F* Fraser was
published in the Pov., 1839, issue of the Journal of the
Franklin Institute* Sydney L* Wright, "Oentenia.X of PhotopmrSSZ'* dcleniliic Monthly* XLV1ZX, (Hay* 1939}» p* 478*
two lines*
The reproduction of drawings or pictures in
two tones*, black and white, such as in pen arid Ink sketches,
proved comparatively simple, and experiments resulted in
development of the line etchings of the present day*
Much more- difficult was the perfection of the method
by which all gradations' of tore— such as those intervening
between the deep shadows and broad light of a photograph***
may be secured*
Many tried to achieve this result with
varying success, but from their combined efforts has come
the halftone*
Before passing on to the historical development of
photoengraving processes, one other method used to produce
illustrations in relief may be mentioned*
This is typo­
graphic etching— also called wax engraving— and was used
during the latter half of the nineteenth century for maps
and diagrams#
It owed its success to electrotyping rather
than photoengraving, and is still used at the present time
to reproduce ruled forms, charts, amps, and other Items of
a similar nature*
The first patent issued for a method of engraving
using a wax mold and electrotyping was issued in 1841 to
Sdward Iaimer, an Englishman*
This process was named glyph-
by Its Isirenter*
In 1672 Alfred and E* f* Dawson patented
:to glyptxoipmp!ijr tthieh they. called byp ©grs:bias 1
A .©upper or brass plat© is first costed with
wmx ■
upm its surfso# a design is drawn* Impressed* or photo*
to til©
mg la t&en traced tbreugb the wax
of tea plat# with sharp stool points o r
that oil linos are out
the wax,
high all over#
of the
type is used to
and letters la noact built ugp by adding a
the a o M foraod is blaclD*Xea&Qd arid then #
aefchod i* still used*.
lex engrsvisgs were first used In America la ISpO b,
0 Chandler of Boston* and l&ier the mp-mating; firm
J«f0 1 l
of Ited,
MeKslly ©splayed it extensively*
similar netted to- Mmx engraving is
A eh&lte*XllKo aaterl&l* shout
t m ereIkplat
inch In.:
3? fh® vmx»coete£ matrix Is built up by adding wax by
hand through the use of boat and various s,aci*l tools*
coKUiig to I # /* ;opr©s f5sr.e of the oar 11 oat works lliartja*
tad by Vainer’s process Is ’The .-laiory rxur /tvtlQuitles of
i&sntford, -ulttr and Chlawlcu** by I* yaulknor* 2M$* arid
the word glyptography eocurs at the foot of 'jmij of % a 11**
lustre tier's contained in It.” urrroe,,,
C*c« .orK;u-oug® n *s Or#**
*# 1916 it p.* te%*
la spread and pressed onto a steel plate*
The illustration
desired Is drawn on the chalky •surf&c® and the lines are
then cut through to the steel plate*
is used-as s. stereotype mold*
The mold thus formed
The ahaIk-plate process was
invented by Maurice Joyce, e Washington, D*C* stereotyper*
The Chicago Tribune, when it first began, the use of illustretton in 1885, employed the chalk-plate*
The first etched line blocks were made by Oillot,
a Parisian lithographer, in 1859*
He took impressions in a
special acid-resisting ink from designs drawn on litho­
graphic stones and then transferred them to sine plates*
The plates were etched and the parts protected by the ink
appeared in relief.
The full benefit of this method of
making, printing blocks was not realised until photography
was used to print the artist*s drawing on a light-sensitized
zinc plate*
Gillot’e son, in 1872, was the first to use the
photographic method•
Under this method a zinc plate was coated with, a
mixture of egg white (albumen) and potassium bichromate,
and then a reversed negative of the subject desired was
placed, against the coated plate*
This was then exposed to
The light, which was only able to pass through the
transparent parts of the negative— the black portions of the
original sub jeet— hardened and made Insoluble the albumen
mixture it reached % the remaining areas being unaffected*
The zinc plate was lightly inked. and then washed In
sold water*
The water dissolved the unexposed albumen,
leaving the lines of Insoluble albumen in relief*
was again inked and then etched*
The plate
The sold attacked the
clear zinc spaces, and by continued etching, a relief zinc
plate resulted#
The zinc plate could be used for a.form of litho­
graphic printing immediately after exposure and washingsdoing away with the need for etching*
The hardened albumen
lines would take printersf ink and the clear sine areas
would not*
Diagrams for the United States Patent Office were
published by such a means*
The ”swel led-gelatine method” of making relief plates
was the most popular method during the early eighties because
it did not require- that the lines of the original- be clear,
black and sharp*
This method was based on the fact that gelatin© when
soaked in cold water will swell but bichromatlzed gelatine,
if first exposed to light, will not swell.
A glass plat© la
coated with a solution of gelatine and bichromate of potash*
The photographic negative in reverse is then placed on the
plate, and exposed to light*
Upon washing, the parts of the
gelatin© not acted upon by the light absorb water and swell*
Taft, op* clt., p. 424
Thus an Intaglio Is fonsed by the gelatine*
A relief was
obtained by pouring plaster of laris over the Intaglio*
This was then, impressed in wax* and the wax eleotrotyped to
form an electrotype relief printing block*
In the United States Louis L* Levy and David Bachraeh,
Jr*, were the first to patent & awel1ed-gelatine method of
In January* 1675» they patented their pro*
cess under the name of *Levy type**
Levy, with M s brothers
Max and Joseph, that same year organized, the Levy Fhoto-Engraving Company in Baltimore*
In 1877 they moved to Fillla-
delphia and established the Levytype Company*
Later Max and
Joseph established similar plants in Chicago and Cincinnati*
For relief printing, the swelled-gelatlne process
could be used only for black and white drawings and pictures,
no gradation of tone being possible*
However, modification
of the process could be combined with intaglio and plano­
graphic printing to reproduce the intermediate tones between
pure white and pure black*
The Woodburytype and the Alber-
type represent processes used to produce tone by means of
intaglio and planographic printing, respectively*
Walter B* Woodbury, in 1866, patented a process that
be called Woodburytype.
By this method a blchromated gela­
tine film was exposed under a negative, and then washed in
warm water to produce a gelatine relief of the negative*
The action of the water dissolved the unsocposed portions of
the film, while the other parts were rendered Insoluble to
depths corresponding to the Intensity of the light they had
This gelatine relief plate, under pressuret produced
an impression in a lead plate.
The Intaglio lead plate thus
formed, when infeed and placed in a suitable press, would
produce an impression on paper.
Since the hollows in the
lead plate contained varying amounts of ink, different shades
of light and dark were secured*
The deepest portions of the
mold naturally took the most ink and produced the darkest
shadows, while the shallowest portions took the least, and
produced the most delicate tones*
The Woo&burytype was used principally for book illus­
John Csrbutt, Chicago photographer, became inter­
ested in this process and in 1870 moved to Philadelphia where
he began the publication of Woodburybype prints*
The light sensitivity of bichromated gelatine also
formed the basis of a number of processes that utilised the
planographic method of printing, and which are new known as
Some of the previous names used for this type
of photolithography were heliotype* heliograph, lichtdrucfe,
phototypie, Albertype, and Artotype*
By these processes a blchromated gelatine film was
•exposed under a negative, and then by suitable treatment, a
printing surface was produced which took up ink in portion
to [email protected] amount of light action which the film had received*
The shadows took up the most ink, the highlights absorbed
none* while all intermediate tones were faithfully repro­
A Frenchman named Poiterin* in 1855* was among the
first to discover that the exposed gelatine would taka ink*
while it repelled water*
However* J* Albert of Munich
developed this basic idea under the name of /libertype*
process was patented in the United States Hovember 30* 1869#
and Edward Bierst&dt of few fork received the American
The relatively high cost of Albortypes restricted
their use, but in 1879 several improvements were made and
the process was reintroduced under the name of Artotype*.
with Bierstadt still controlling its rights*
The Albertype and Artotyp© processes were used mainly
for book illustrations* although local photographers used
the Artotype process to reproduce individual prints of
B® ffiejgy
B a te&a&Ug
M as-
graphic processes was that special paper and special presses
were needed to nrlnt the 11 lustrati ona, and the Illustrations
could not be placed on the same page as type*
The final solution of the means by which gradations in
tones in pictures could be reproduced by relief printing was
due to the work of
m any
men over a long period of year**
halftone process as developed can he used for planographic
or relief printing* although it is aor# often associated with
the latter since relief printing accounts for 90 per cent of
all printing*
m m t of the investigators tried to secure variations
in ton# by breaking up the image of the picture into lines
and dots in. such a manner that the number and siz® of such
lines and dots in any given area would determine the tone of
that area*
Various means were employed to secure these lines and
dots-— such as a net* gauss, glass screen or a mechanical
device as originated by Frederic Ives— until the final perfeet ion of the cross-ruled, screens by the Levy Brothers*
Am employed today the screen is placed wout of focus
between the negative and the sensitised surface which is to
receive the halftone image*
Suefe a position permits dis­
persion and diffraction of light rays, and makes dots of
varying else*
However, before the principle of placing the
screen out of focus was perfected, many experiments were
made In an effort to secure variation of tone*
Fox Talbot, English photographic pioneer who first
produced negatives, secured e patent in 1632 for a process
using an open-weave fabric as & screen*
This fabric was
placed, between the photographic negatives and the sensitised
flone ©f the earlier investigators used a camera*
Keisenbach was among the first to make a negative from a
positive In close eontact with a screen*
Experiments were conducted in widely -varyins places*
Jmons the most Important ones conducted outside of the United
States were by A* J* BenohtoM, of Franc©* in 1655J Mward
and James Bullock, England, 1865; Carl Goat&f Carolman,
J* W*.
England, 1879? G* Meiaer.bach*
Germany, 1882; arid JU Borland, England, 1885*
1 full dis­
cussion of contributions of each of these, and the many
others who helped develop photoengraving, is beyond the scope
of this study*
Frederick von Egloffstein, a German who later served
as a general in the Union army, conducted experiments in
photoengraving at Philadelphia*
In 1665 he patented a
process that employed a screen of lines ruled 300 to the
The pistes produced- were etched in intaglio*
A group
of new York capitalist# became interested, and the hello*
graphic Mi-graving Company of hew lork was organised*
though much money was spent, no plates were produced commer­
In 1869, william A* heggo of i&ntreal used ruled
screens to produce relief printing plates for the Canadian
Illustrated Weekly* After a few issues of this weekly, how­
ever, lithography was used.
In 1872 the Leggo brothers came
to Sew York and found the Graphic Company which started, the
Dally Graphic, i%Feh 3* 1873 end used photolithography*
The Leggo brothers used a process they celled "granu**
lated photography * to secure tints and shadings in much the
same way that Ben Bay tints are now used,
A negative of the
desired picture was placed in contact with a transparent
screen and a positive made*
this positive was retouched*
and clouds and highlights were scraped in.*
From this re­
touched positive a negative was made, and then it was trans­
ferred to the stone for lithography printing*
Stephen K* florgsn became manager of the photo-rnechanleal department of this weekly* and his experiments led to
the publication in the Graphic* hareh 4, 1880 of a halftone
entitled *Shantytown, * which has been declared to be Mth©
first dated halftone***^
The graphic was product by lithography* and naturally
39 William T, Innas* in an article* "The Truth About
the Halftone Dracoes,w Inland Printer* (dune* 1927 }* p* 4224* attacks this statement and shows other pictures from the
graphic* which he states ware prior halftones* *3telnwey
]£ilr "published in the graphic, December 2, 1873* la credited
by Innes with being the first halftone to appear in a daily
newspaper* Taft* however* gives 1,organ credit and sums up
Horgan*© and Ives* work as followst ~*T© Horgan goes .the
credit of producing the first halftone published In an
American newspaper 1 to Ives goes the credit for producing
the first successful method used In producing halftones In
such well-known saga sines as Harper.* s honthlv and The Gantur.v*
and for the successful method of reproducing the halfto e
In color*11 Teft* op, clt,» p* 437*
processes devised for it wore restricted in use*
Ives, in tills country, originated the first commercially
successful halftone process, which he.patented August 9 ,
Ives* process began-with the formation of a gelatine
relief plate (similar to the Woodburytype process) of the
.illustration'to be reproduced*
In this gelatine relief Mthe
light parts of & picture stand out in hilly contour* « * *
while the black parts remain in valleys*
By taking a plate
cast from this the dark parts become the hills and the light
parts the valleys#
rubber blanket was prepared by-
cutting-many' parallel V**hftp6& cuts across it, crossed by
other cuts not quite so deeply furrowed*
Ihis surface of
tiny pyramids was inked so that not only the top of the
pyramids, but also their sides and the ditches between them
were coated*
The inked surface was then pressed against
the plaster relief*.
Where the cast is high the inked pyra­
mids were flattened out; but where the cast was low, only
the merest point of Ink was left on the plaster,
When the
rubber pad was removed the original picture, in black and
light, appears in the plaster*
fhia could then be photo­
graphed on a. relief plate made, sine© the picture on the
jP K* R* Bowkar, o£* eit*» p* 184*
east was now in line and point#
In 1885-6 Ives substituted an optical method of pro­
ducing the *V~llnew effect instead of the mechanical one of
the rubber pad#
He used a cross line sealed screenj
since his activities were shrouded by secrecy, his priority
right to this method can not be determined*
However, this
is the same principle used by George Melsehhaeh of Munich
and others#
Mr# Ives* discoveries involved three cardinal princi­
ples t
(1) Ruling screens in which the lines are exactly the
s©me width as the intervening spaces; (2) sealing these
screens together face to face to form squares; (5)
placing the screen at an established distance In front
of the sensitised plate in. accordance with the focal
length of the lens and size of the stop used, thus cre­
ating the *optival V.f^
Until screen Making was perfected, the use of half­
tones spread slowly*
Louis K# and Max Levy conceived a way
^ 3y coincidence, Ghsrles re tit of *aris patented a
similar process within a few days of Ives1 invention# Edward
Spstean, HFrederic Eugene Ives* Journal of Applied Physics,
IX, (April, 1938), p# 27S.
Morgan states that HMr« Ives contributed to nega­
tivemaking which
the whole world is indebted to him, was
making the first sealed cross-line screen and the suggestion
as to the distance the screen should be from the sensitive
plate in the camera#" Quoted from article *A Photomechanical
Pioneer Dies,* Inland Printer* XCIX, (June, 1937), p* 41*
^ William T* Innes, ttSoaie Highlights In the History
of the Halftone, * Inland Printer* hXXIX, (September, 192?),
p* 1031*
to make screens and then devised precision machinery to make
accurate ruled screens*^
This they patented on February 21,
1893* end this Is the process still in use today*
Halftone screens vary In the number of lines to the
Inch from coarse to fine* as follows* 30, 60,. 75* 85, 100,
110, 120, 125, 153, 140, 150, 166, 175, 200, and 250,
order to secure best results, a screen must be selected for
the engraving that will correspond to the paper to be used
in its printing*
Newsprint requires that halftones be mad©
with coarse screens while costed and gloss enamel paper
takes extremely fine line halftones*
the levy brother's screen, and the Improvement of
printing equipment and methods, opened the way to the wide
usage of the halftone, and mad® photoengraving the Important
industry it is today*
^ Special patterns or screen effects, somewhat re­
sembling the dot and line effect of halftones, aaaybe imported
to portions of line etchings* This is known as the Ben bay
process (from the name of Its inventor) and uses various
screens to produce lines, dots, stipple, texture, ©to* to
the sine cute as desired*
PHUTIHO- OF lyjJSfmflOl, 1$$0*>1900
.Although the periodicals already mentloned— tta* illus­
trated weeklies, Harper*a; monthly* and Scribner*a (and its
successor— Century) Monthly— were the principal users of
11lustrations during roost of the last half of the nineteenth
century, other periodicals also used illustrations.
humorous magazines such as jhtgk* Jmd^e. and Life, and the
sensational national Police Qa&et.te were especially lavishly
Many other magazines advertised their pictorial
contents by Including the word "Illustrated” as part of the
magazine*3 title#
'Hie use of pictures In newspapers gradu­
ally increased during this period; but only during its last
sixteen years— from 18-84— did pictures become a significant
force in the regular daily press#
The national Police gazette was started in Hew fork
in 1845 by George Rilkes and
noch Camp, and during its
early years acted as a crusader against crime, gambling and
By publishing all known facts about the criminals of
that time, it triad to lift the veil from the underworld*
Ahile the Gazette succeeded in securing the antagonism
of both the police and the underworld, its success as a pub­
lishing enterprise was mediocre until Richard K* Box took
the magazine over in 1876*
During the early years of his '
ownership* its pages were filled with highly colored stories
of crime and scandal* with illustrations to match the text*
According to the Ga&ette*a historian* Edward Van Every* Fox
used as his basic publishing Idea the sentence MIf they
can’t read* give ’em plenty of pictures*1*^*
In later years
the Police .G&sette was gradually translated into a sporting
and theatrical paper*
For approximately twenty years after 1846* most large
nev/spapers were printed on type revolving presses.
quently .11lustrations were not acceptable to these papers
because of the difficulty in handling the flat surfaced cuts*
However, an occasional cut did appear*
For example*
during the controversy between the Times and the Herald*
of New itork, In May* 1861, over their relative total cir­
culation figures, the Times printed two caricatures of Ben­
nett* editor of the Herald^— Hthe first pictorial illustra­
tions ever carried in the Times*
The development of stereotyping and rotary presses
gradually allowed the return of pictures to the newspaper
By 1873 it was estimated by Rowell's American
^5 Simon Bessie, Jams JounrnllaaK-JSie .Story of the
Tabloid Bewspe-pera* {New 'Yorki E* 1. Dutton & Co., 19387*
p* 63.
Elmer Davis* op. cit*. p. 64*
Hewap&imr Reporter that only four pmr cent of the papers of
the country were refusing illustrations * numbered among
these* however* were moat of the large city dailies; hut
they also soon capitulated to the demands for illustration*
Ranufaeturers, such as the makers of typewriters and
sowing machines, by including' pictures of the product in
their advertisements■led the vanguard of pictorial adver­
The leggo brothers arrived in aew fork from Canada in
18?2 with *750,000 which they used to form the Graphic Com­
The sally J-raiphlc was begun Aaroh 3, 1873 with the then
ambitious purpose of bringing wpictures of the news of on©
day on the following day*”
This paper, of tabloid format,
. • . all previous publications by the rapidity and
excellence of its illustrations* It sta ted with an at­
tempt to give a dally record of new©, and it© conductors
made every effort to bring about a system of rapid sketch­
ing and drawing in* but the public of Hew fork in
1873 * * * cared more for *pictures,* and so by degrees
er degenerated into a picture-sheet*4?
4?henry ,-dackburn, go Art of Illustration, (London,
1894), p* 20* Also in blac^burn, 'illustration of books and
Newspapers,” dtneteenth C e n t u r y » a a v I I ,
e b r m i y , 1890),
p* 214*
tola first illustrated daily^ was printed fey itto©graphy , and its publication, continued until 1669*
changes in the ownership ©f the newspaper greatly handi­
capped its chances for success* and finally toe financial and mechanical difficulties of reproducing pictures forced
toe suspension of to# paper*
David 3> Croly, in 1375, upon taking charge of toe
Few York dramlo predicted ntoe time is coming when every
large city in the world will have Its daily Illustrated
paper devoted to the pictorial reporting of the current
©vents of to# day**4 He further stated;
News is what newspaper readers want now; ’news pic­
torial* is what they will want then* toe great crimes *
the terrible accidents, the society-shaking scandals
oust fee Illustrated* As these appeal to the ©motions
rather than to the judgment, their pictorial illuatra-
will Jenkins credited to® Montreal bfemr with feeing
lfprobably toe first dally newspaper on toe American continent
in which news illustrations appeared m a regular feature,
and to Henri Julian belongs toe honour of being toe first
-artist to devote himself to the dally Illustration of news*”'
ducted from Jenkins, 11Illustration of to# daily fresa in
America,” International Atuiio. XVI, (1902), p* 2fe4* He
does not give any 'dates and to# present librarian of to#
Montreal star was unable to supply any information concerning
this statement* A temporary daily illustrated paper was
Issued fey to# James H* Osgood Company during to., world lean#
Jubilee held at Boston in 1372. Under toe title of Jubilee
hays, sixteen issues of a fcrnr-pag* quarto sized paper m m
issued* «* D* Howells served as its editor and Augustus- Boppin mad# to# drawings* Engravings for. it were mad© fey to#
Chemical ..engraving Co*ttin tore© hours after to# receipt of
to# drawings** Murrell, £g* clt.. II, p* 26*
tlons will be most- welcome to the public; and the
paper of the future will occupy fee field feat fee novel
and the
After trying out hi a
OreIf con-
in fee
eluded the public rtdoes not seem to care so much for mere
news pictures— -Illustrations of actual events*— as I supposed
they would*M
lie than believed the public wanted something,
higher and better In illustrated than in non-11lustrated
Under those amended views he considered "portraits
of beautiful women and famous men, charming
and striking,
scenery, sketches illustrative of the affecting* the inter­
esting, the humorous phases of human life, all feat relates
to fee love of the husband* wife* and children, for parent
and friend," as suitable subjects for pictorial journal­
Undoubtedly fee Graphic made significant contribu­
tions feat led to fee complete union between fee photo­
graphic camera and fee printing press*
On a number of occa­
sions this newspaper used fee "granulated photography" prop
cess devised by fee Leggo brothers to secure gradations of
tone in fee pictures reproduced*
On «a.reh 4* 1880— fee seventh birthday anniversary of
Solon It* Barber, "Rise in Pictorial Jour­
nalism seen fey Mew lark M i tor 'in 1875*” M l tor
LX, (July ;50, 1927), p* 44*
the paper--to© .Oradlie
direct from the oris**
tli© transfer print had been **
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and has been widely ©la
In a newspaper*
Th© jr
by Stephen H* Morgan
mm toe .first halftone to appear
called attention to it aa
follows s
On to# lower left hand comer is an illustration en­
titled *A Scene in Shantytown* lew fork* * we- have dealt
heretofore with pictures made from drawings or engravings*
Here we have one direct fro® nature* Our photographers
made the plate from which this picture has been obtained
in toe immediate picfenc# of toe shanties which as shown
In it* T h e m has been no redrawing of toe negative* The
transfer print has been obtained direct f m m the original
negative* hm will be seen* certain of toe effects are
obtained by toe us# of vertical lines* This process has
not yet been fully developed*
The Hew fork Truthy .from its founding in December*
1079, made Illustration a regular feature In its columns* It
employed toe flsoft metal process'* (a modification of the
tfcodburytype}* and two or tome days were required to turn
■■out cuts*
In order that current news -might be plciorlall$#&t
stock Illustrations were kept on hand*
valerian Clrlbayedoff describes this practice as
Thus the accompanying thrilling, design {a one column
•cut of a man falling as a woman fires a gun at him.) of
avenging womanhood was used no less t o m nine times— to
illustrate a toe# seducer*a doom* a case of parricide in
toe coke regions* an amateur theatrical performance* to#
attempted assassination of a Busslan general in St*
Petersburg,, etc*, etc*" The different attempts on toe
caar*s life also called for a stock cut which stowed
Alexander 11 staring blankly into space while a dynamite
bomb plays havoc with to© background* Portraiture was
also of stock* nature* to© same cut often representing
at dlacret Intervals a large number of different la**
The stoady and successful use of picture# In toe regu~
lar dally press date# from to© adoption of Illustration by
fulitser,s lew fork world*
Joseph fulitser acquired toe
'g#rl& In May.* 1883* and during that year used a few Illus­
trations #
fha first of these was a diagrammatic illus tra-
tlon of a murder, appearing in toe issue of October IT* 1883*
In 1884 toe world secured toe services of two talented art**
lets* Valerian Frlbayadoff and $alt MeDongall*
At first
their efforts were confined to Illustrating biographical
sketches and cartoons* but soon they were pictorial!sing to#
dally news*
Both have claimed
to be toe originator of news
the la sue of toe world for February 3* 1684, contained
a caricature by Grlb&yedoff entitled "wall street Mobility*14
Xhis was used to illustrate an article by &r* Pratt* to©
paper’s financial editor* and was to© first of a series of
humorous portraits* on the familiar plan of large heads and
51 Valerian Grlbayedoff, wPictorial Journalism,f*
iiytsa* xi, U8§1)* p. 4f4*
small 'bodies*52
Pulitzer, during th© presidential campaign of IBM,
strongly supported Grover Cleveland's eandl&aey*
Large four-
and five-column cartoons , Pelltiling Blaine, the republican
candidate, were printed on the first page of the vvorld* These
ware drawn by Valerian Grlbaye&off and salt iAcJkmgali*^
lvbe world created considerable trouble for Itself a
few weeks after Its first pictorial display by printing a cut
of "the society buds of Brooklyn*" Grlbaye&off said that the
"soft metal" process and printer’s ink created an effect "not
altogether what either proprietor or artist desired* Owing
to certain irregularities in the lineaments of the victims,
caused by the superabundance of the black fluid, whereby one
lady was disfigured by a blotch on her nose, another afflic­
ted with a slight obliqueness of vision, still another orna­
mented with an Incipient bemrd, the ambitious #f ort aroused
howls of indignation from both ends of the Brooklyn bridge*
Rival newspapers sent reporters to the parents of the un­
fortunates to secure expressions of opinion on the ethics of
Journalism and the direst threats were hurled at the world
owner’s head* One of the infuriated parents was credited
with the intention of taking justice into his own hands in
the form of a horsewhip, and .Assistant district Attorney
Allen of new York gravely announced that Mr* Pulitzer had
rendered himself liable to indictment for criminal libel*
the protest was grounded less on the basis of the distortion
of fair features 'than on the argument that the privacy and
sanctity of American homes had been ruthlessly invaded and
forced into- the garnish of vulgar publicity*" Gribayedoff,
MM* .olt*, p* 477 *
^Bernard Glllan, who later helped make the magazine
Judge a powerful, factor in the molding of political opinion,
drew a series of caricatures of Blaina during the campaign
of 1884 for gunk* These cartoons showed Blaine as the
"bsttoed man and according to D* C* Bsitz were "probably
the most far reaching ever drawn -* * * and did dreadful dam­
age to the Republican candidate *" quoted from Belts*'s Sfof
juice hana (p* 294) in the sketch on Bernard 0-illan in Dic­
tionary of American tiOKraphv. ¥11, p. 266-7*
Liu© etching replaced the "soft metal" process about
this tin© and greatly speeded up the publication of pictures*
during toe ten years following 1884, sine etchings were used generally by the newspapers*
host pictures, now© ver* were
still sketched by the "artist on the spot,” since a ^60
camera of this period could not do the work of the simplest
camera of today*
The tremendous success of the world dates from its
liberal use of illustration*
In .1885 Pulitzer decided to
gradually get rid of pictures because be thought they tended
to lower the dignity of the paper*
tlon dropped*
Immediately .the circular
The world then began using more cuts than ever
before, and the circulation soon reached 2pO,C>00~-& figure
no American daily newspaper had reached previously*
The limerican Press Association decided to add outline
cuts to its line of stereotyped material being supplied to
small newspapers, and in 1884 started an engraving plant to
make sine etchings*
Stephen H* ilorgan was placed in charge
of it— where he remained far the next seven years*
The American Frees Association by 1892 was supplying
500 newspapers of toe country wlto column-wide stereo type
plates and approximately 250 pictures a week*
nine^tento of to# daily papers were using this service*^
lleyer, o p * clt«* p* 398*
other mm&p mp mm
and by 1900 it waa in oost&gm [email protected]»
adopted Urn imlit&m*
of sot^
o»%rap&per publishers rei&r&ed tho #splaysant of halftones
by a far papars*
it© 'i*** B* h o i i f t ' t b o jjyfegl Ixlate*> ,*;/* 1904#
described to© early printing of halftones on :w jpaper
as foilonot 58the sscthod. #s;g*l©j?#tl on the frlbtiti# lo
to laf an original sine halftone- on the matrix (of the type
page) when the latter is in the curved casting hex# close up
the hex and pour in the stereotype
halftone then was securely imbedded in the cast*
In 1895 william Bandolpb Hearst acquired the
Evening ■
Journal* and fmlitzer thereby -secured a
competitor not only la the field ©f sensational journalIam
but also in the us# ©f newspaper illustration*
The comic supplement* Sunday magazine sections, and
picture sections were developed during this period* and ex*
cepting that their Illustrations were zinc etchings Instead
of halftones, were similar to their present day successors*
In competition to the sensational publications of the
"yellow” newspapers, the conservative Hew York Times* under
the direction of Adolph S* Ochs* began publishing an Xlluatra*
ted >hKaz.lne Sunday Seat^oa September 6, 1096.
This was
printed on good coated paper and illustrated by halftone
It was papular from its start*
This section scooped other American newspapers by
publishing, July 4, 1897, sixteen pages of pictures of ^mmn
Victoria*b Jubilee*
.lot only were these the first pictures
published in Mew York of the Jubilee* but the smooth, stock
55 Stephen M* Horgan, 5'Halftones in bally
Printer. XKXXZX, {May,
)> P*
used snarled them to be clearly reproduced*
forced to suspend publication of the section in Si
1899, because It was too successful*
Its circulation had
become so great that the Tliaes
ins the increasing muster of
The Spanish-American war offers the Journal and the
Morld m a y opportunities for sensationalism, amoms which was
the first use of full page line drawing illustrations*
After the sinking of tee Maine, the jw
entire ■front page to an illustration of the ship* ■the
outdid this by a spread of a similar illustration
over two Inside pages*
The metropolitan newspapers that featured illustration
developed art staffs whose members were expert in some type
of drawing^11portrait, society,- yachting, naval, military,
sport, or h u m o r * To meet the demand for speed, the back**
ground portions of a pieture— aueh as for a public meeting—
were prepared In advance and. later the central and important
features were- added*
The artist on tee Myellow” papers
was required to do- even more# ,?Be was constantly called
upon to draw things he has never seen and sometimes things
no one has over seen or ever will s*e*w^?
36 Jenkins, £8# olt*« p* 25!*
57 Katherine Smite, "newspaper Art and Artists,"
an, (August, 1901), p* 551*
In order to enhance teeir pictorial coverage of n©ws #
moat papers systeaaatic&lXy clipped pictures from other papers
and periodicals*
These were filed and used as the occasion
Since pictures could not he sent as rapidly as -
news* m a y news Items were illustrated by pictures from the
This generally necessitated the cutting* pasting*
and retouching of the original pictures in order to secure
an illustration suitable for the current news item*
Illustrations in the advertising columns increased at
the same' tremendous rate-during the 1890*8 as they did in
the news columns*
tee manufacturers of bicycles displayed
their product by using large amounts of advertising space
and also by art posters*
Illustrations had become so regular
a feature of advertisements by 1896 that the Tester^.PruRRlat
prophesied that Wwh#n the history of advertising Is written,
tee present will be known as ’the picture period* *f!^
cm m m
the n m i m i m q w m s m m w m
tm m m m m m
The early years of the twentieth century— a century
which seems destined to go down In journalistic history as
the wPictorial /igen— saw a gradual increase in the number
and the quality of the pictures printed in the newspapers
of the United States*
From a mechanical standpoint this represented a
constant struggle to adopt methods and equipment in such a
manner that they would produce well printed pictures*
cause of the nature of its gray—to-blaek printing surface,
the halftone does not lend itself readily to rough paper
such as news print*
then* too* the goal in newspaper press
building has always been to meet the demand for fester and
faster presses* although the quality of the print has also
been Improved*
In order to print halftone# on such presses—
using newsprint— the problems of etching engravings deep
enough so that they may be used with the stereotype process*
of perfecting of plate making equipment In order to produce
better stereotypes, and of developing inks and inking appa­
ratus in order to get even end quick distribution of Ink*
had to be solved*
The printing of colored pictures made
necessary presses with more accurate register than those of
earlier times*
From a journalistic standpoint the .greatest number
of picture* printed* end thore of greatest news value* were
secured in the newspaper1a own locality*
Until the World
war of 1914*18 created a demand for pictures of that stmig*
gle* pictures taken any distance from a newspaper office
were received so long after a news ©vent that they had only
feature valu#-**n©t news value*
However* news picture
services and syndicates were being operated and expanded***
of which more will be said in other pages*
A very important incident in the history of pictorial
journalism occurred in April of 1914 when the hew fork limes
began running a rotogravure picture secticm in its Sunday
The development of rotogravure goes back to January 1,
18TB* when Karl Klietsch,^ chemist* artist and engraver*
produced M s first successful prints by the Intaglio printing
method of photogravure*
sold as a secret*
This Invention he did not patent but
In 1890 Elietseh went to Lancaster*
^ Klletaoh was b o m in the village of* Bohemia*
May 31* 1341. During his youth he became a roving portrait
painter but later* with his father* he .conducted a phot©**
graph studio'at Brunn. The Invention of photogravure cam#
as the result of his study of photomechanical methods. In
1879 Klietsoh received the Voightlander medal for phot©-*
gr&vures* Carl Albert* "Karl Klietsoh* Inventor of Thet©**
gravure and Rotogravure* ** Inland Printer, LXXXI* (May* 1928)*
P* S3*
England, to t m oh the firm of Story Brothers the photo*
gravura process*
Thar©,. In December of that year, he etched
a portrait on a copper cy1indexwlnstead of on s copper
sheet ms. for photogravure-*and that was the beginning of
k power rotogravure press was installed October 11,
1893* and August 7, 1893 Klietseh founded the Bembrandt
Intaglio Irlnting Company at Lancaster*
The process was
used exclusively for art reproductions*
Klietseh tried to keep rotogravure as a secret with*
out patenting the process, but his workmen gradually carried
knowledge of It to various countries,
Ernest C* Bradshaw,
who worked for s while as Klletaoh* s photographer, brought
rotogravure to the United States in September, 1903, and
built the first rotogravure press at Brooklyn*
He founded
the Rotary Photogravure Co*, of hassale, M* 1*
In 1907 the
60 Rotogravure Is the spelling generally used at
present* The following definition of the word **rotagravureH
is given by Stephen B* Morgan, in The Inland Printer. LXill,
(duly, 1919 }# p* 407 1 "The word *rotagrsvur©1 is a registered
trademark word which undoubtedly came from the name of the
German syndicate, the *Rotogravur Tlet&ruek Gesellschaft,*
of Berlin, whose mechinery and processes were Introduced
into this country by the Backett and Wilhelm Company, of
Brooklyn, Mew fork* The proper name for the process and Its
product is *rotary photogravure,* and it is quit© natural
that In these busy times there should be an effort to
abbreviate these two words. So why not use the :&ag,llah word
*rot«,* meaning a wheel or roll, and fgravur®,* the French
for f■engraving., * and toy combining the two call It *rota*
gravure’ hereaftert*
V&ndyek Gravure Company, of New 'fork, came into existence*
From m. newspaper standpoint« the Introduction of
rotogravure Into Germany la most Important*
There the word
“rotogravure** was coined and patented fey Ernest Bolffs and
Dr* 'Edward Ken tors*
By a method devised fey these men, the
Frlefeergrer ZeltunK In 1910 began printing Its Illustrations
from intaglio etched copper cylinders and Its letterpress
from stereotype plates on an ordinary press*
A syndicate was formed in Germany to introduce Gorman
rotogravure presses, paper, ink and workmen into the United
The first of these presses In this country was
Installed fey the National Cash Register Company, Dayton, to
print Its house magazine In 1912*
That seme year London
Illustrated News and the Hamburger Freadenblatt» Germany,
began Issuing rotogravure supplements*
Adolph Ochs, publisher of the New York Times * while
traveling in Germany In 1913, saw the developments in roto­
gravure and imported two presses and the necessary workmen*
The Times issued its first Sunday rotogravure In April*
191^ * ^
immediately its Sunday newspaper sales Increased*
and by the end of the year snowed a ga in of 100*000 weekly*
ffiffljt iO;rk Times was ©eon. followed into the roto­
gravure supplement publishing business when fh# Cieveland
Leader, The Tblladelnhla Public hed&er* The Boston herald*
and The Chicago Tribune installed the necessary presses for
this printing process*
Currently with these installations
came the World War and an Intense reader interest in news
pictures of the front*
Rotogravure supplement sales soared
as a result of this* and news pictures down to the present
tine have formed the bulk, of the material printed in roto­
gravure sections*
The Times not only printed its Sunday supplement but
in September 191^ began publishing © magazine* The Mid-Week
Pictorial * an its rotogravure presses*
The Times World-
Photo Service was organised In 1919 to supply photographs
Stephen H* Morgan* writing in The Inland Printer*
LXVXI* (July 21, 1921 }* p* 488* under the title 'wRofogravure
--'Its History* Development and Future** and commenting on
the purchase of German presses by the national Gash .Register
Company, The new fork Times* and others* stated; "The Hew
York Sun boat them all' by producing In 1913 the first roto­
gravure "supplement made by American workmen and printed on
an American machine*” Morgan* in The Inland Brinter* (April!
192?}* p* 28* lists a chronology of rotogravure* displayed
by the Rew Xork Times In connection with the display* but
does not include mention of the flow York Sun*
for both the Sundftj paper and the gih-^eek j'lotor^sl of the
2 U B M ‘6':
the use of rotogravure has Increased rapidly .in the
Urited States#
more reader
Itotogravure sections not only attract much
i n t e r e s t b u t during recent years have carried
an Increasing amount of advertising#
In 1936 the combined
circulation of 65 rotogravure sections totaled 15*500,000
Only ©bout 12 newspapers print their own roto­
gravure sectlone.
During the last ten years much progress has been mad#
in color-gravure printing*
Experiments in. this were con­
ducted by the Chicago Tribune as far back as 1916*
color-gravure Is'being widely used, and is particularly
successful for advertisements*
The New Turk Times uses rotogravure presses to
print its Annalist and its'^mday Book Bevlew and
This makes poaslb 1e an excellence to typography otherwise
unobtainable In such publications, and a fineness and
fidelity in the reproduction of photographs which had never
previously been ©©Moved in any newspaper supplement*w
Davis, ©£* cl,
!., p. 330*
Dr* George Gallup and his research bureau mad©
a detailed study of Sunday readership, for limberly-Dlark
corporation, makers of rotogravure* Rotogravure was found
to have a high position in readers * Interest— Hnot only did
it outrank competing sections In the number of Sunday readers
who scan through it, but also in the number who stop to
read svorsg# inside pages carrying 'advertisements*" Mmmm
S. fyler, ¥h©t*s Happening to ftotogravure?* AdvertlalnR
and Belling# XL, (August 2?* 1936), p. 26.
Mb Innovation in American journalism occurred June
29* 1919* when the jj&Mfeglfatt i & U X JEffiUL **« started In
Hew York City by Robert E* MaOora&ek and Joseph Medill
Patterson, publisher of the Qhie&im Tribune *
Startling as
its appearance was* this tabloid created a sensation not
only in its handling of pictures and news, hut in its
miraculous growth in daily circulation sales*
Within two
year© the Daily Mews had acquired the largest following of
any newspaper in Mew York City*
At the end of twenty years
of publishing, in 1939» this newspaper had the third largest
circulation in the world*
The first issue of the Dally Mews contained sixteen
four-column pages, each page of which was about half the
sis© of those of a ©even-column newspaper*
appeared on almost every page of the paper*
The paper was
plainly patterned after the London flftllv Mirror*
despite the tremendous auoeess of the Chiomo Mbutff.
wished to engage in other journalistic endeavorsf but it was
not until he met Lord Northcliffe* In England in 1919* that
wM s desires crysiallied about the tabloid*w^
Both the Dally Qrauhie of Hew York# IB?>*1890# arid
the Dmily Graphic of London, had c o m of the charactori sties
of t a b l o I d s m a l l format# use of pictures# etc— *but suc­
cessful tabloldlsm dates from the est&bl iahment of the London
Dally Yirror In f^o?eubepf 1903# by Viscount K-orbhcliffc
(then Alfred hcrmsworth) * the Daily Mirror was started as
^ Bessie# op* alt.* p* 79* Lord Korthcliffe told
letterson HHew Fork a"Sot to have a picture tabloid* * *
If the rest of you don*t see the light soon# 1*11 start one
myself.* IMd* p* 76*
^6 willis® Grosvenor Bleyer stated that the success
of ^tabloid dallies was due to four factorsi their convenient
siae# the large number of pictures# the condensed form in
which the news was presented# and the emphasis upon human
interest*” Bleyer* op* c|t*» p* 426* With these ciiaracter­
istics in mind it is interesting to note that some earlier
newspapers possessed certain of them* but not a combination
of all of them* In most cases, the earlier papers did not
run a great many pictures of news value* Towneys rennavlvanla Stoning Ife^t ppd |Mily Aforcrtl&cg of 17o>~84, naturally
lacked pictures*' B* H* Lay *s Sun. J*0* Bennett#s Herald. Joseph
Fulits©r#s 'World* and William Bftn&elph Bearst’s Journal all
dramatised the sensational and abnormal elements orthe news
but these lacked the format of the tabloid* and plo**
tures were used sparingly. Two news tabloids made their
Initial and final appearance in 1891 in Hew York City. The
four page, 4 column Mcminn Advertiser. published by Colonel
John A* Gockerill* was anlsmedTetefailure* Frank JW
Itoisey purchased the Star* -and Feb* 1* 1891* issued it in
tabloid form under the' name of Belly Continent. It was dis­
continued In June of that year* January 1* 1901 Alfred
Harssworth published a half*page siso edition of the Mew
York World for' Tulliaer, but the next day the World returned
to Its'regular format* The two **sd**l#ss papers published
by Serines--The Chicago Lav Book* 1911*17# and Tre PhlladelXz3S.* were of tabloid sime*
a woman *a paper; but within three months it announced its
chang© to a tabloid picture paper by stating that it was
11the first illustrated, half-penny paper in the history of
journal 1sr.ft•M Another tabloid featuring pictures was started
in 1909 in London under the title of Daily Sketch*^
In its first issue the Dali:/ Hewf stated t
We will give you ©very day the best and newest
pictures of the interesting things that are happening
in the world* nothing that Is not interesting Is news*
The story that Is told by a pictur© can be grasped
Instantly* Ten thousand words of description could not
convey to you the impression you receive when you look
at Millet1s painting, ^The Angelas,u You could read
all that has ever been written about the Clock Boom in
Paris, where the peace conference is being held, and
get no clear idea of it* Look at a single picture of
the same room, and you know exactly what it is like*
With the pictures we shall give you short, concise
news stories, covering every happening recorded by the
news gatherers. Pictures and stories together will
supply a complete understanding of the events of the
day, and that is liberal education*
For a time it appeared that the Dally Lews would not
By August of 1919 it had/reached © circulation low
figure of 26,625*
Then the Itow Yorkers began to discover
that the paper was easy to read in the subway; that, as
the hews had promised, the pages could be turned *in the
subway without having it whisked from your bands by the
66 when Harmsworth began publishing the l&rror after
having made a success of the London Bally Mil* 'Lord
Salisbury remarked that, wHaving invented a' daily newspaper
for those who cannot think, Mr* lianasworth has now invented
one for those who cannot read.11
draft*” and you could hang to a a trap and wread ft without
the skill of a jtigsfor*11 the Raws* in turn* m s discovering
two great circulation bullders~crime and sex*
These marked,
the beginning of the Bally hews* great success*
Following the Bally hew#* example* tabloids were
started in many cities of the United States*
The ones
featuring pictures were especially successful* and of these
the M m Jopk Mirror and Mew lork Graphlo are interesting
because they were in direct competition with the M i l H H *
William Randolph Bearst started The Pally Mirror in June*
1924* and in September* 1924# Bernarr Macfaddon * publisher
of physical culture and popular fiction magazines* began
issuing the SveninR Graphic*.
'The ensuing battle between the tabloids for reader
interest can only be termed a stream-lined version of the
Hesrst-Pulitzer fight.
Those practices in the earlier
conflict that were termed Hyell©w journalism” were renewed
with added vigor during the 1920*s*
In addition to these*
there was an even more powerful weapon-*the unrestricted
use of picture®.
During this period* sensational stories .and even more
graphic pictures concerning Peaches Browning* Kip Rhinelander#
Richard Reese Whittemore* Gerald Chapman* Arnold Rothstein*
Fatty Arfouckle* Joyce Howley* and the Mirror-revived HallGills murder case* were ballyhooed through the tabloid pages*
Thm pictures were secured, by any available methods*
sod some of them were faked*
the new fork Glyphic prided
Itself upon Its "composite*^ pictures*
These were drawn
toy artists from information supplied by some person* real
or fancied. * who claimed to have witnessed the event# per**
The drastole defended this practice as being wprac­
tically the truth**’
Reluctantly the menageneat of the
^'ork jaJJ& jewg
on the morning of January 13* 192© ordered the presses
When this order was obeyed at 8;0G in order to
protect the newspapers AW franchise* 130*000 copies were
off the press— each containing a picture showing Ruth Snyder
being electrocute at Sing Sing*
The picture had been ob­
tained by bringing a photographer in from Chicago* and
getting him admitted to the execution chamber by having M m
pose as a reporter*
There, seated in the front row, he had
used a, camera that was strapped to M s left ankle*
the first repercussion from publishing the picture was
tfee cancellation of a §10*000 advertising contract*
Joe Tat terser., publisher of the Hews* was vacationing in the
Canadian woods, and he was located only after gre&to
^ MComposite* pictures should not be confused with
the "photomontage” that tabloids use successfully today*
.The latter combines real shots of a single news story for
a dramatic effect*
In the meantime, copies of too edition wore
©oiling m% 50 cents each*.
Fatterson ordered the picture
re-run in all editions for the next day*
The Da^ly Mews was both attacked and defended in
publ lshlng the pieturesf but most of tbs arguments ignored
the fact that the more oonservetive papers had tried to do
the same thing that the hews had done— -only through the use
of adverbs and adjectives*
At Its twentieth birthday, in June* 1939# the Ubw
Xork Daily Hews had a daily circulation of 1*848*320 copies*
This is more than half the total of all Manhattanvs morning
papers# and Is the third largest circulation*
The London
.Daily Express (2*468*323 copies) and London herald (over
2*000*000}* however# have national rather than city circu­
The immense circulation of the tabloids lias been
achieved without a corresponding decrease in the circulation
of the more conservative papers* or a like increase In
This fact indicates that the tabloids have
created a new group of newspaper readers*
Only in the larger cities are all the tabloid features
of else* sensationalism* and pictures combined*
small format is becoming Increasingly popular*
However, the
In 1939 fifty
newspapers In the United states and two in Canada were
using lt*^®
^ .3#40 Inte m a t ionai fear Book. Blutgher, M i tor j|
Uubllgfaer. LXXIII (January 27* 19^5)* P* 193*
As the deaand for news pictures Increased, the
larger metropolitan papers augmented their art departments
by hiring more staff artists and staff photographers*
growing Interest in pictures was also felt by the news*
papers situated in other alt lea than Sew fork; hut In many
Instances they were not in a position to maintain an art
department of any else*
The logical outcome of this situ**
ation was the establishment of picture agencies to supply
any newspaper who desired to purchase the service*
The first of these agencies was the Bain Hews Picture
Service* started by George Grantham Bain^ in 1895*
to this he had conduct®! a free lane© bureau for a few years
and had during those years acquired a picture morgue*
Important early picture cover assignments of the Bain
Kews Picture Service were the election of President McKinley
Queen Victoria*a Jubilee* and the arrival of Admiral Dewey
^ Bain became Interested in photography while he
was e student at St* Louis University* In 1892 h© accoiapa»
tiled the Rev* James B* Lee to the holy Land where he m d m
photographs for a. book the minister intended to publish*
For information on early picture services, see Jack Price*
*Press Pictures Pave Come Far in Half a Century* * Editor &
Publisher* LXXI* (February 19* 1938j* p* 37*8*
at Kcplea*^ Bain sat a price of #5*00 for an ordinary news
picture, with an increased price based on the news value of
Other firms and men were soon attracted to the field,
and the number of syndicates increased rapidly as the market
for news pictures increased*
The firm of Underwood and
Underwood in 1901, added news picture service to its photo*
graphic and stereopiicon view business*
International News Photos was started in 1909 prima­
rily to supply hearst newspapers with pictures*
In a result
of this vast coverage, the syndicate employed a staff three
times larger than that of say of its competitors*
organisation distributed nearat *a features In general-news
matrices, printed supplements, end all sorts of sailed
In 1910 a German camera named lea Trix was intro­
duced! and when this was fitted with a glees 4*9 lens, it
became the most popular news camera*
The increased speed
of this camera proved a great boon to news photographers*
Since Its construction, camera leases have become
70 Bain had the first women newspaper photographer,
Frances Benjamin Johnson, covering the ^position at Buffalo
the day President McKinley was assasinated* Although on
the scene when the tragedy occurred, M s s Johnson did not
take any pictures because 5ishe was so unnerved at the sight*'
filvely faster and have constantly opened up additional
possible n&wB picture sources..
The American Press Association was the next large
concern to enter the picture business * but this department
was discontinued when the "Western Newspaper Union took over
the American Press .As&oel&tloti*
in 1919 The Pew Perk Times
started its Wide World Picture Service*
In 1922 the M m fork sally hews began syndicating
news pictures whan it organised the iaclfic & Atlantic Photo
Charles &&thetfs was its director for one year*
and then he left to start Acme i-ewspietures*
In 1924 Acs©
changed Its name to United Hews natures* but resumed its
former name in 1925*
In 1931 The Pacific .1 Atlantic Photo
Syndicate and Acme Eewspletures were merged* end the title
of the latter retained*
The increased demand for news pictures was reflected
when the large cooperative news-geiherlng organization* The
Associated Press, added a news photo service.
The Associ­
ated Press began Its picture service by furnishing one*
column cuts of prominent persons to accompany biographical
This consisted of a set of 452 pictures*
newspaper® subscribed for these In the form of photos* and
400 took mate*
In order to keep these pictures up-to-date*
the Associated Press then supplied four additional photo-
Arrasgmenta were made by the Associated Press with
Parsmount Hews -Service* in the summer of 1927 * to receive
**cllpsw (individual picture®} from Paramountvs news reels*
This was made possible by the perfect!on of enlarging
methods that eliminate from the enlargements what Is teat**nice 11y celled the grain*
At the same time Paramount de~
veloped a special machine capable of printing 1000 enlarge*
merits per hour*
In August* 1927* The Associated Press News Photo
Service began supplying 60 pictures a week to 100 of its
members* These were mil glossy prints* no mats#
A mat
service was the next logical outgrowth of this expanding
distribution of pictures*
Each day The Associated Press
mailed from New fork City a page of new® mat photos that
still retained much of their news value when they reached
the west comat five days later*
$at distributing facilities
were next established at Chicago* then at Atlanta end San
In order to secure better pictures from abroad*
the A? started a wholly owned and controlled subsidiary
picture organisation in Europe*
With all the large news gathering facllltiea-*The
Associated Press* Hearst’s International News Service* and
7* wa f Picture Service to Start August 1 Serving 100
Peisber Papers* * M l tor p Publisher. LX# (duly 23* 1927)*
P* 14*
The United Frees through its affiliation with Acme— in­
creasing their news picture services* the competition
became keener and the need for speed in distributing the
photos became greater*
By automobile* motorcycle* train
and airplane the pictures were rushed to their ultimate
And then* after years of effort and experi­
mentation* feasible means of sending pictures by radio*
telegraph and telephone were perfected and adopted*
ever, this latter step for a long time threatened to dis­
rupt the Associated Press by causing dissension among its
The realisation that In telegraphy lay the answer
to the demand that pictures be received by newspapers while
they still possessed news value* had long been present*
The hew fork. Tribune* In June, 1675* displayed
remarkable Journalistic Ingenuity in connection with its
story of a shooting match between the American Rifle team
and a Great Britain team, at Dublin*
Using the descriptions
received by telegraph* the paper devised a series of targets
showing the shots of the successful competitors marked on
them* and these were reproduced in the following morning1s
Mason Jackson* writing in 1885 on the effects of
telegraphed news* statedt
'This rapid treatment of intelligence is somewhat
damaging to the 11 lust rated newspaper, for by the time
it can publish sketches Cpictures) of interesting averts
In far distant countries the freshness of the news is
gone, and the public mind Is occupied with later occur**
ences« Until some method is Invented of sending
sketches by electricity, the pictorial press must endure
this disadvantage'* but in the meantime it spares no
peine to overtake the march of ©vents*
fiie 'Chicago Times-Begfeld« according to its editor.
Coreelius McAullff, was the first newspaper in America to
send line drawings fey wire*
These were sent June 21, 1895
by wTe1eaut©graph *n^
Mr* Am*tuts, about this same time, patented an appa­
ratus that he named the "Ar&ogreph,* the secret of whichs
Lies in the discovery. . * .’that a picture, perfect
in detail, may consist of absolutely nothing but
parallel lines** On this principle he (Amstutz } based
his contrivance *for sending pictures by wire, the
details of the picture depending on the breadth of the
lines of the portrait or other picture** fhe lines are
extremely fine, running forty to eighty an inch**
The Teledlagraph, invented in 1898# was another ma­
chine designed to transmit pictures by telegraph; but while
many inventors interested themselves in the problem, com­
mercially successful sending of pictures by wires required,
the Invention ar^d adaption of the photo-el ©atrio cell, and
^ Mason Jackson, The Pictorial ireas* Its Origin
and rrogyegg* (London, ISSSTV
Alfred McClung Lee, The Sails I©wspap€*r ifi M m x l m * ( M m Yorks The Macmillan Company, liW), P* 531*
74 Alfred Those a story, M
(Mew fork, 1898), p* 145*
.Stare. M. Thot.oarsBtay,
of a synchronising
On November 14# 1920, a group of scientist# and news­
paper officials gathered in the office of the flew fork World
and s similar group in the office of the
There, in darkened rooms, they witnessed the ®x**
change of pictures from New fork to St* Louis as demonstrated
by Edouard Bel in, French scientist, on an apparatus he called
a telestereograph#
It combined telegraphy with the principle
of gelat ine-relief**J
The newspapermen agreed on the success of the experi­
ments but believed that j
75 Following is a. description of the method; f*The trans­
mission is simply a matter of preparing, a bas-relief of the
photograph and then tracing that bas-relief with a stylus
connected with a telephone'transmitter. The latter varies
the current flowing over the wire in accordance with the
relative height of any point of the bas-relief record at any
given moment * it the receiving end this current variation is
translated into various gradations of light#
*’The first step is to prepare the transmitting'record
or plate* A copper cylinder forma the base of the record*
which, ineldently, is of the size and appearance of the ©Id—
fashioned phonograph records* and Its surface is coated with
a 5 per cent shellac solution* Meanwhile a carbon print Is
made In the conventional photographic manner from the photo­
graphic 'negative to be transmitted# after which the print is
wrapped face-to-face with, the shellacked copper cylinder*
The cylinder with the print Is then placed In hot water* with
the result that the gelatine in accordance with its own
degree of blackness, while the unexposed, gelatine is washed
away with the paper* In this manner a coating of uneven
thickness Is formed on the cylinder of a photograph in basrelief*11 Arthur I* Bobbf Jr*, "Hews Photos 'Fly Over 1*000
Miles of hire as Scientists Marvel* * M l tor & Publisher* bill,
(November 20, 1920 )t p* 7#
n m & pictures of sufficient worth to warrant brans**
■mission to distant parts of the country ere not numerous
Plough to zsa&o worth while the maintenance of direst
leased wires free of all other matter* as the prosess
A few months prior to this experiment in 1920 photo*
graphs and cartoons of the Bspubll&an Convention at Chicago
were transmitted by wire to Lew xorh where they were pub~
11shed the following isemlng*
This was in the nature of an
experiment by Herbert E* Ives and his research associates
of the 'Bell Telephone Laboratories*
H* a* BarbhoTemew and Captain M* I>. ftsFarlsne* under
the sponsorship of the London Pally Mirror* developed a
system* named Bartbane*
of sending photos by cable*
was first used to carry a snap of the international crew
races of 1920*
The following year pictures of the Dempsey**
Cerpentler fight were cent by this means*
These and many similar experiments were made* as
companies endeavored to deviso equipment to transmit
Robb, log* gib*
A light-sensitive apparatus perforates a strip of
paper tape* This Is then fed into an automatic sending o&«*
chin© as for say cablegram* and the perforations cause cor*
responding electrical impulses to flash across the ocean to
where a receiving apparatus responds by punching a similar
pattern of holes on-a strip ©f tape there* This perforated
tape guides- a ^aotographlc apparatus 'that reforms the
picture on a sensitive film*' George t* Gray* *Pictures by
wire ©nd wireless** World'*3 Work* LIX, (October* 1930}* p*
However* the meet successful method during the
1920*'e was for the sender to describe the picture to. the
By this means, the former told the latter where
each line started, the direction it took, and where It
A transparent, checkered chart or graph In which
each vertical and horizontal line is designated by & letter
or figure, was placed over the picture*
The lines of the
picture were traced and a description sent over- the wire of
the places where they touched the lines on the graph*
receiver then drew the picture into a corresponding chart...
The shading was similarity described.
On Hay 19* 1924, the American Telephone and Telegraph
Company transmitted a 5x7 inch picture from Cleveland be
hew York in four minutes and thirty-six seconds*
A wire
picture from the Republican National Convention at Cleveland
was published by the New Cork Times on June 9 of the same
year, and the following day this newspaper printed a picture
of the American Electrical Congress at Rexieo City that was
received f r o m
Cleveland by telegraph*
further experimentation led to the Inauguration of a
halftone and manuscript facsimile service, in 1926, by the
American Telephone and Telegraph Company*
Crig-nally only
few York end Chicago and San Francisco were included in
this picture transmission set up, but later telephotography
was extended to connect eight major cities*
1b £«f e hotosrwpb# mm% up w n offered bp tlici
f# ii# $ j. til# narvlea not ciiln te newcjf^r® bub
nioo to adv^rtialur i g m e l # s cr to mjouc who uoolred any
written, dn»wr. f printed or
its soisa o U i w cibj#
olc^rjppliea srterisl dupliest*&
hmpane&e ebsr&0 ttv%,,, Mere^Xyphiaa#
signatures, tabula bleriii of figures* #bc*f could be brans*
well «,# photugrap&a*
/- 4 e g r » of sbsrpt-iess Mas
loot in the iran-amissier* of the piuturea* ,?®
*% %h& ocmventlon of th© ill- and jU«f».n»£* An iprlX*
Xn^?* radio transmission of pictures was demonstrate to
the #-0s»R5blod new&ps n^raoc. when n feesiasil© sseaaac© and
portrait of i..ard Bumaam, proprietor of the bandog lallff
felar rr.
a** received*
this ©<$ul'w? t was developed by
tin# findie Corporation of liserio©. ©»4 it w&o «tat#d it
©ouM bm used to trwnasrit:
*ews piotur##f portrait gboiogr^ ..a, fashion danaw-*
i F^* doousieeta of interest to bai*bs c^j& bsBl£#r«#
leg. 1 *^ era, arohltaetural pi a: #* tocxa;i c* 1 designs
e d wiri e a If gram#, advertise .erts or any other
T6 /i- electric nepe*' in the aorxUug, equipment de­
the proportion of white as d a«?rL in eeen or.e~&yft»
ire*th i eh square. If the square is sol Ac hi- ek, *n oblotig
©mM^urdreuth of sr inch wide t:#d two-this^a cf s hundredtil
of sn i-cn ' , /.©. th, will he recorded on t,*ereceived picture*
If the seuere
is half bin eh mh. naif white,it will be re­
produce! rj esing. ©,.©~tiiir£ a o X M htrck*
f Is enrrrc Adr­
iatic result#
i?. a softs?.ed h l ^ M i u s where blreh borders on
1sportant documents*^9
Quoted from nlmdlo Pictures >&rvel on View at
Publishers* Convent lop *** ait tor & Publisher. LIX# (April
30, 19*27** p* 46* iaia article describes the sending of
pictures by this method as follows5 nAt the transmitting
station, a photographic negative of the picture to be sent
is pieced around a glass cylinder in the center of which is
a very powerful light* 'this light la focussed down to a"
very small point on the picture, and Is moved back and forth
across the inside of •the glass cylinder* Ihi# means that
for any single crossing the trenmmlttmr has covered & narrow
line width of th© picture. At the end of each stroke the
cylinder turns slightly forward to present a new line width
of the picture to the light* ho this light is picking up
the values of all th# small parts of a line across the
picture as it makes the traversals. If it is a light part
of the film, the light has no trouble in penetrating the
picture; but if it is dark part, the light get© through but
little,'if any* bow this light passes to a photo electric
cell which is the sensitive eye of the outfit. This- cell is
sensitive to the amount of light which gets to it, and it
shows this sensitivity by charging s very small electric
current which is passing through the cell* So, if such
light gets through to the cell, maximum current will be
passed. If but little light is transmitted through a dense
part of the negative, but little ©lactrie current will be
nTnls controlled electric current is much too weak
in Itself to be of any use however. It has to be mad© many
times stronger in a vacuum tub# amplifier* This is don© in
much the same manner that the usual radio broadcast receiver
builds up th© weak radio signal to operate a loud speaker*
But in this case, th© photo-electric current impulses are
made so large that they will actually control a radio trainssitter— In fact th© very largest that are in existence: so
that the weak current Impulses genera,ted from th© light
values of th© picture are able to radiate signals which will
carry to ell part a of the world* the actual control is
accomplished by having th© amplified' signals change the
numbers and length of dots sent ■out* So, for a 3fight part
of the picture (negative}t very few and very short dots willbe sent out. For a gray part of the picture, w m y small
dots will be sent; and for' a dark part of the picture, long
heavy -dashes will be sent out*11 p* 46*
In many ways the technical problems are the m m & In
both wire and radio, tran amission of pictures, with the ex­
ception of one mein underlying principle*
In sending
picture© by wire the varying shades of black, and white are
translated into varying intensity of sound.
On the other
hand, the length of the radio signal, not the Intensity of th©
signal, represents the varying shades of black end white#
"Photo Bedi©scop© on View Before publishers luring
Convention,Mitor & Publisher. LIX, (April 23# 192?), p. 13*
the operation of the equipment* developed by RCA* is de­
scribed as follows:Inside this glass cylinder is a very
strong light which passes back and forth building up the
tone values of the picture* In the same manner ms with the
halftone engravings, b b all newspaper people know, the radio
pictures are made up of line upon line of many small dots*
These dots are of different sises and spacing, the grouping
being, made automatically* from the tone values of the origi­
nal picture acting on & photo-electric cell* The current
impulses'from the photo-electric cell are amplified many
times end then carriedto the radio transmitting station,
where the Impulses are hurled through space#
MAt the receiving station, these impulses are built
up again by amplifiers and lead, to the rhoto Radioscepe*
wAt the Photo Bedlosoope, a. hot air gun is set to
be traveling back and forth. This it does in exact synchro­
nism with the strong light at the transmitting point*
The hot air gun Isheated electrically,
and is shoot­
ing a very fin© stream of hot air at specially prepared
paper all the time* If this hot air strikes the paper, It
makes a mark In dark sepia. But it is kept from hiting
the paper normally by a cold stream of air at right angles
to the hot* In the supply of this cold air stream Is In­
cluded a small valve which is directly operated by the in­
coming radio signals. 3o, if a .radio signal is received,
the. cold air is shut off, and the hot air ha a a chance to
hit the paper* Therefore, the light sepia marks are
blended together to give a finished picture at the receiving
point of much the same character as a rotogravure print#**
p* 13*
In June, 19.33* the American Telephone and Telegraph
Company abandoned its telephoto service.
This was largely
because of lack of sufficient patronage*
Improved airplane
service had made possible the rapid transportation of
pictures by air, and in many Instances this method was
better than by telephoto.
Frequent delays occurred in the
wire transmission of pictures because of the wfirst come,
first served” rule governing the use of telegraph lines.
Also* the pictures- by wire were sometimes not clear*
of them appeared as if they had been taken through a screen
door* and the newspapers found they could get more satis­
factory reproductions If the pictures were received by fast
carrier than by telephoto#.
The A*T.I T. abandoned Its public telephoto-service
after having expended }2,8GG,GGG in experimentation, but It
did not give up Its experiments.
In October* 1933* the
company announced a greatly improved telephoto apparatus.
They immediately contacted picture syndicates as possible
customers for their equipment.
Only one of the syndicates was interested— the
Associated Tress.
of the proposed
Early In 1934 its members were informed
establishment of a telephoto service in a
booklet entitled: "Announcing AT lews Pictures by lire*”
This stated:
A transcontinental telephotograph service, which will
carry news and feature photographs into newspaper
offices on leased wires paralleling those delivering
news stories* is being established' by the Associated
Free# through the cooperative action of its members in
principal cities in all sections of th© country * 'the
pictures transmitted, by wire are so perfect in Quality
as to defy detection in many instances from the original
photograph Itself*
The step Is truly a sensational one, representing
the realisation of one of the fondest dreams of' pro­
gressive newspaper men everywhere— a forward step com­
parable only to the costing of telegraphy years ago*
Flans for the service have been made with great care*
have been studied from all angles, and it is now possi­
ble to announce that telephotography on a scale never
before attempted will be a reality within a few months—
some time In the fall of 1934*
Equipment for the service is in the progress of manu­
facture, and will be put into operation in more than a
score of cities when the service is inaugurated* Th©
effect will be the moat startling change in newspaper
content since the telegraph reduced fromMays to minutes
the time required for news transmission*0^
Rather than risk m..possible defeat of the proposed
service by submitting it to a vote of the entire membership,
Kent Cooper, manager of the .Associated Press Picture Service,
contacted likely subscribers to the service*
By this method
he found about 35 newspapers that were willing to underwrite
the entire project, and it was announced that only, those
members that subscribed for the service would pay for it*
The first newspaper to sign up for the service was
the Baltimore Sun— the same newspaper that was the first one
In- the United States to have a telegraph wire strung Into
^ AT Explains New Telephoto Service? M l tor jt
Publisher* LXVI, (April 28, 1934}, p. 6*
Its office*
The plan called for 10*000 miles of leased
telephone wire in the United States*
Th© annual cost of
|ltGOOtQCG was to b# prorated ©mouiig th© subscribers*
addition to this* 116*000 worth of equipment had to he
purchased for each sending and receiving station*
Immediately with the announcement of th© proposed
picture service,, strong dissension broke out within the
Associated frees membership*
this was led by William
Randolph He&ret through vehement attacks by his counsel*
John V. Heylan; Hoy V* Howard* head of Scrippe*-Howard hews*
papers and United Press f and Molph Oohs* publisher of the
M e 3224 Usst*
They oritlel&ed the administration of the AP for
taking over a service that the A*T*& T* had been unable to
make a success*
The opponents said that many publishers
would be forced to subscribe for the telephoto service*
whether they desired to or not, provided their competitor©
installed the equipment*
This they argued would work a
hardship on small newspapers by increasing their overhead'
The opposition* however, failed to stop the plan* and
early in the morning of January 1, 1925, the Associated ires©
Wirephotc placed its first picture on the wire— one of a
lew York celebration in San Francisco1s Chinatown.
nine dailies were supplied directly and eight others by
"expedited delivery eervlce,*
During 1925^56 *« average of
forty pictures was transmitted dally,
Beylan made another attempt to curb the wlrepboto
service at the annual meeting of the AT in 1935 but m e not
By that time 26 stations were supplying 43
newspapers directly and 10 additional papers by delivery
This number was increased April 18* 1936 to a
total of 60 when the 27th station was established In Boston,
Since, they were tmabl© to stop the APfa wi.rephoto
service, other picture syndicates began developing services*
But before these competing services could get under way, the
Associated Press and the manager of its Wirephoto service,
Kent Cooper, were not only able to vindicate their stand for
rapid transmission of pictures, but in a spectacular way,
scored e scoop over all their competitors.
When Will Rogers and Wiley lost were killed near Point
Barrow, in August, 1935? the Associated Press scored a scoop
when It flashed the first news of the tragedy to its members*
from Sergeant Morgan of the United States Signal dorps.
Three days later the fourth of a relay of planes,
chartered by the AF, reached San Francisco with photographs
that a doctor and. a trading post agent had taken of the two
famous men.
Immediately the wirephoto was put into opera­
tion and A? scored another scoop,
The first picture placed
>©ri the wires was one showing Rogers and Post beside their
plane at Fairbanks before the take-off for Feint Barrow*
Ten minutes were required to tree emit tha picture * .and 25
minutes later it was out of the dark rooms and on its w&j
towards the news press*
This picture was followed at half-
hour intervals by others*
Although pictures for Bearst and Acme Wewspietures
reached San Francisco fey plane at the sane time as the AP
pictures arrived, the lack of wire facilities left all their
papers, except Pacific coast ones, without pictures of this
By June, 1936* after many experiments, three wire
picture services were 3n the field, namely: Sound-Photo,
owned by Bearst; hide World Wired Photo, controlled, by the
Few York Tines Wide World Photos| end ’!iEA~/erne Telephoto,
o f ■Scrlpps-Howard interests*
That the i/ide World was interested in wire transmission
of pictures, was first disclosed in February, 1935*
a aeries of test®, ®. transmitting machine happened to be in
San Francisco the day the big United States'dirigible Fmeon
crashed into the sea off the coast*
A photograph of the
survivors being taken from the wreckage, and another ore
showing them being landed at 3&n Francisco were sent to
Hew York where they appeared In the Times the next morning*
The Wide World, HSA-Aome and flearstfa Hound-Photo
all employed portable equipment and utilized ordinary
telephone line#* at ordinary long distance rates*
varying in detail, their equipment sent al$mls over the
telephone lines either by induction or bp sound t without
actual contact between, the sending apparatus and the tel®—
phene circuit*
In order to meet this competition the .A? announced
the installation of 25 portable trsn.sisltt.ers at .strategic
spots to augment Its regular Wlrephoto stations.
machines were placed In operation early in 1957*
The adoption of portable picture sending equipment
opened up almost unlimited poosibllitles for rapid distri­
bution of news photographs and initiated spot picture re#
If It is desired.* pictures may be sent from the
railroad station where the presidential candidate is
speaking, from the locality of the mine disaster or flood,
from the scene of the prize fight*
These wire service# have converted all syndicated
pictures to the advantage of the larger newspapers of the
country, end have caused the smaller dallies to turn towards
better local photograph coverage of their own territories
In order to meet competition*
The small newspapers have
boon aided greatly by the development of commaratively in­
expensive wone msnn engraving plants*
mimm n a m m
Natural Color” photographs In the news columns of
the newspapers are still In the experimental atage; hut thedesire for and us® of colored pictures In hooks* periodicals
and newspapers go hack as far as the hand-colored fashion
plates that appeared in magazines such as GedeyVs, Peterson *a»
***& Frank Leslie*a hadva* Gazette during the middle part of
the nineteenth century*
Largely through the efforts of George Baxter* in 1848*
the super!mp-ositIon of colors became a recognized method of
In 1855* Georg® C* Leighton produced the first
colored plates for a newspaper*
these appeared in the iiiug-
tr&ted London Lews*
Among the early users of printed colored pictures was
the humorous weekly* Puck,
The German edition, of this peri­
odical was started by Joseph happier and Adolph Sciiwarziaann
in 18?6* and an English edition added in March* 1S?7*
first it lithographed its cartoons in black and white*
two colored ernes were produced by woodcuts* and finally they
were lithographed in several colors*
jfad&e and Life also
used color*
Frederic E* Ives was one of the pioneers in colored
print lug*
In 1881* at an electrical exhibition In 1M1&-
delphie* art example of his work with three-color blocks was
the first full colored advert!sement in an American
period leal appeared on May 4, 1893 in the Youth Vs Qoaaaanlomi*
which had a circulation of 650,000*
Ferrault *a *fTh# Awak­
en! n 1 of Oupid#TI a Paris salon picture of 1691* was fitted
to an advertisement for helien *a Food*
It was reproduced
by lithography*
Colored printing on newspaper presses began In' the
early nineties*, and Its rapid spread was due to the comic
of M m York City, was the first
person to reproduce colored pictures by three relief-plat*
He accomplished this in 1892j but the process
was premature as far as newspapers were concerned* and they
continued to use line etchings for both color end black and
white reproductions*
The first four-color rotary press for an American
newspaper was Installed by the Chicago Inter-Ocean in April,
It required all week to print 40,000 copies of the
first color Sunday supplement, but with more experience the
weekly production was raised to 320,000 copies*
During the next three years color presses were
S.*. B* Bergen, *Date of First Three-Color .Printing*
Inland Printer* kXXYIi (September, 1904), p* 864*
purchased from Scott or from B* Hoc & company» hy the Kansas
Oitv (Missouri) Journal* m$m
.^^Mer, IffiMi
and Journal»
The Kew .
World issued its first' HColored Supple*
ment” November 19* 1893*
This consisted of four' pages— two
outside ones In color and the two Inside pages In black*
The first colored Sunday comic was printed November
19* 1894- by the World*
This part*page comic was drawn by
R* F* Outcault, than a mechanical draughtsman on the
Electrical World, and used a clown and a wolfhound as Char­
Outcault drew a series of cartoons labeled MBogan*s
Alley,” based on the life of an urchin In the tenement
When William J* Kelley, head pressman for the
world, was asked about colors for it* he stated that if h©
were given something solid he would show results*
W* Saalberg* who was coloring Outcault *s drawings* decided
to make the kld*s dress a solid yellow*
The yellow Kid
became tremendously popular*.
83 This cartoon in sequence showed Ma clown arid m
wolfhound going to a picnic* the preparations for the seal,
the meal* the siesta* the appearance of an anaconda, the
disappearance of the hound* the awakening of the clown* an
operation on the snake letting out the four legs of the
dog* and the clown .©arching the aimconda-dag away on the
leash* It was captioned BThe Origin of a Kew Species***
Quoted from William Idarrell, on* clt** II* p* 137*
Quteault was soon taken over by Hearst for his Sunday
Journal as part of the latter* s raids on talented employes
of the World#
Outcault thereafter drew the Yellow Kid for
Hearst * hut Pull t a w secured George B* Luke, who later becam© a famous painter* to continue HHoganfs Alley.r* The two
wYellow Yiclsw con tinned to run In the rival newspapers* •
These cartoons* coupled with the sensationalism of both the
papers, caused another hew York newspaper to coin the term
"yellow journalism ***
When Hearst Installed his color press he began pub­
lishing an eight page colored comic section, called the
American Humorist*
The Journal described this as "eight
pages of iridescent polychroiaous ©ffulegenee that makes the
rainbow look like a lead pipe.
The competition between
fto-rld and the Journal resulted in the constant improve­
ment of color presses.
In 1898 the tieiif York Journal cosmenced using color in
The American flag In red and blue appeared
frequently, and such designs as shamrocks on St, Patrick’s
hay were used on special occasions*
84 Bleyer* ££♦ ejtt** p* 357*
Seorge s* Fancoast*
Yeehenical superintendent of Bearst Newspapers* stated that
the printing of the first comic section was even funnier than
the humorous subjects furnished by the cartoonist* For a
while the register of color was weird and called for new
methods of color plate making and electrotyping* "Color%
Printers * Ink Monthly» (February, 1954)*. p, 56*
The use of color In newspaper© has progressed, until
at present it appears In run»*©f**paper, in sagasine sections*
in comic sections* In outside margins, and In rotogravure
On May 25* 1937* William 0* B* Finch, inventor of the
telepicture system of transmitting ‘
black and white photo*
graphs over regular long distance circuits* successfully
demonstrated the sending of color pictures between hew Pork
and Chicago*
He transmitted by this method a three-color
picture of a Peacock*
The Winnipeg (Man*) Free Press* May 24, 1939* re*
produced in four colors a spot news picture within 18 hours
of the taking of the picture*
This was in connection with
the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 'Winnipeg*
This was stated by the Editor J, Publisher to be the first
four colored picture to be reproduced in such a short time*®
However, earlier that same month, on May 11* the
Chicago Tribune Hprinted a page**wide reproduction of a
natural color photo****taken 12 hours before— ©f a fire which
destroyed four grain elevators In Chicago*^
This was th© first of several natural—color photos to
2 * p* 4*
M l t o r & Publisher* LXXXX (July 8 * 1939)* Section
^ "Mews Pictures in natural Colors**1 Inlspid .Printer*
CIII {September, 1939)* p* 82,
appear In the Chicago Tribune,
On June 9* several records
were established with the reproduction in the Tribune of
natural color photos showing President Roosevelt welcoming
the visiting British royalty in Washington,
This was the
first time colored pictures were presented as spot news
along with the story of the event* end was also the first
time the AF Wirephoto facilities were used to present a
spot news photo in color*
In connection with this the
Tribune also wreplatedw color between editions of the same
Color negatives were sent by airplane from 'Washington
to Chicago* engravings made from the negatives and these
substituted for the earlier engravings made from the wire­
photo negatives*
The Los Angeles Times* The Oklahoma City Oklahoman*
I M geepAs (111) Jouraal-Trar.sorlPt. and T^a XtO-las
also reproduced these same pictures In color*
25 papers in the United States and Canada received the
pictures of the President and King,, and all of them used
the pictures in one form or another*
In addition* prints fro® the kirephoto negatives
were transmitted, to London by radio and the Glasgow (Scot­
land) Record and Mail *printed the President-Ring pictures
on Sunday* June 11* with favorable results**^7
*A? Viirephoto Xn&ugurages Color Photo Transmission**
Sdltor P Publisher* LXXXX (June 17* 1939), p* 3*
Using colored film, the photographer in Washington
exposed three negatives simultaneously through colored
filters in a one-shot camera*
The filters made it possible
to record on one negative all the blue In the scene, and
on the second the red, and on the third the yellow.
three primary colors combine in different proportions to
make all other colors*
The three negatives were then developed and an ordi­
nary black and white positive print was made*
This was
transmitted over the ^irephoto and received by the news­
A halftone plate was made from each of the three
negatives received over the wire, and later a stereotype
plate was made for each of them.
These were each printed
with ink of the color to correspond with the color recorded
on that particular negative by the photographer.
The three
primary colors were In this way brought together again in
the same proportions that they had been recorded on the
photographic negative*
It is a common practice to ran a black plate along
with the three primary color plates on the theory that this
gives s better blending of color*
In the particular instance
of these hi rephoto negatives, the L$>g. Angeles Times made an
extra plate from the blue negative and ran it in black ink*
By July 17* the Tribune was able to reproduce a local
naturaI«color picture within ten hours after the event*
Scenes of the second annual Police and Fire Drill show* held
July 16 at the Soldiers Field, were reproduced.*
c m r s m
n c m m magazines
That the public wants to see pictures and appreciates
excellent news picture coverage was demonstrated when a new
la&gazlne# Life, imd© Its spectacular entrance into the pub-'
1tailing field In 1936•
The magazine was devoted- to the pre­
sentation of Interesting pictures in a new manner*
Picture magazinea tod been popular for several years
in Europe before Life was started*
Among those having great
appeal were ¥u» Pour Voua, and. Marianne in France?, Berliner
Illaatrlerta ZaltunK. IIluat,rlerte aoehsohtar. tameheaer
miMtriactft ZeltunK in a*r®aay; 2..^sfeep SXbqSC&ftEte &«1
■jchwojzer Illuatriorta in Switzerland; monthly la t o m in
Italy; Wereid Chronic and Onaland in Holland; and the *§£)&£
Illuatrated. XUuatmted London 11mm. and the Stotcta in
The history of Life goes back to 1931 when Harry luce,
publisher of time and fortune magazines* became interested
in picture magazines*
At that time there was no publication
that featured the cream -of the world*a pictures ©«<(&■■■■-week*
In 1936 an experimental department was ozganiaed by
Tim© to work on a picture magazine*
Picturesf Inc** was
organized 'and prior magazine reproduction rights to AFt
Acme* International Hews, and wide tiorld pictures were
From these ay indicates and from smaller agencies*
pictures began earning In at a weekly total of over 5 ,000 *
.Subsequently It was learned that ordinary newspbotos *rarely
fitted the requirements*; Pictures that told a story- in
sequence were needed, and for these the editors relied on
staff photographers*.
1%. naiii© was next required for the proposed picture
magazine, and tt3ee,M HLool£#w #Focus,“ “Picture,* M
“Parade,” and “Showboat” were aeons those suggests
problem was solved when the title of the old humorous isag&~
sine, Life* w a s
By October, 1936, fl,70Q,000
worth of advertising contracts hud been sold for the -propose*
periodical, at a rate of *1,500 per page*
However, before
luce could publish his picture magazine, Monte Boujaily, who
for eight years was general manager of United Features
Syndicate, brought out a revised Midweek Pic torial,Oct* 10,
Talm had been published by the Hew lark fiscs since
the world war but had gradually lost circulation*
Boujaily, circulation of the record issue reached 100,000
but this success did not last long*
was started in 1803 by artist Uotm Ames
Mitchell who wanted to publish his black and white
by the new sine process* The magazine* s most noted artist,
was Charles Dana dlbeon*
total of 450,000 copies were printed, with each dealer
receiving tho same number that they took of f too weekly *■
For the seventh issue, daa* 11, 193?, 760,000 copies wore
In the meantime, seeoMHhaitd dealers were asking
$1*O0 for the first issue of the 10# magazine, 50^ each .for
■toe next two copies, and 2f# for all others#
In order to meet too tremendous demand for copies of
life* many mechanical problems had to be solved*
letterpress and rotogravure are used by Life* and toe period­
ical is printed on glossy 60-lb paper*
Since flat bed
presses were too alow, rotary ones had to be modified to meet
toe saga zina’s needs, most of which remain trade secrets*
heating system had to be arranged so that the ink used would
dry instantly in order tost toto sides of the stock might be
printed at the same time*
Figuring costs of manufacture and distribution, the
management of Idfa found that each magazine was costing 15^
to produce— 6 cents of this representing to© cost of the
pound of stock used in each magazine*
From the news stands
only 6 cents were- received by toe magazine for each copy*
.During 193? #-3,424,00® wore lost— *an average of #63,000 per
Advertising rates were established on a basis of
250,000 circulation, but as they expired the contracts were
renewed at figures based on the huge actual circulation
of IAZm
Until Oanuaxy, 1937, 1 4 % t e U the picture magasirae
field to Itself; tout then Look was established, rif appealed
tot Aprils..10% in Hay* f^f§ and Hew in «July f
in October,
and Pletur# in December, with others to follow later*
these oan toe classed in two groups, with Life in one* and
all the rest in the other division*
Life alias at news*ln~
pictures, tto© other picture magazines are baaed on features**
At the end of 1933, ttoo combined circulation
of 13 picture magazines was estimated at 16,000,000 copies#
!lext to Li%* Loo^ has tee largest circulation#, ftois
magazine was started January lf 193? toy Oardner Cowles and
fala sons, publishers of the Dea .figjagg agfita1W.y and Igi&aag.
In 1923 Cowles had Dr* George G-allup interview house­
wives on reader interest and. found that newspaper readers
preferred to look at pictures rather than read type*
this information, Cowles began experimenting with their
Sunday rotogravure section#
A headline and a series of ref­
lated pictures were substituted for the usual mixed picture
page , and a boost in Cunday circulation from 200,000 to
300,030 resulted*
Cowles, in 1933 began a rotogravure
picture service and supplied the firm with pictures it wanted*,
He found narratlve~i»**picture so successful that toe began
syndicating rotogravure sections to 26 large newspapers*
fhe first issue of Look consisted of 400,000 copies,
but this was increased to 1#000,000 for the second Issue*
During its first year
pted m
it based its rate on
»s#. pictorial history*
and sex are
in by various
those that do not feature newsphotos* Slan editorial
seems the easiest approach to suc-oeas*
m & r s m xiv
Wood-engraving reached a high degree of perfection,
soon, after the invention of printing with movable type,
through the work of Durer and others*
But when tola influ­
ence had subsided, the woodcut deteriorated in quality until
Thomas Bew1ek--through his “white line” engraving principle*
— pointed the path towards even greater height of excellence
In wood-engraving •
During Its period of decay, wood-engraving was used
only for illustration In the cheaper printed books, such as
the chapbook*
The more perfect reproduction of pictures, during
this period, was done by means of the copperplate*
various etching and engraving processes, this means of illus­
tration developed much artistic skill*
However, as has been stated before, copperplates were
printed by intaglio means, and consequently could not be
printed at the same time as was the text the picture illustra­
Even so, it continued as the boat way to ”embellish*’
printed matter until the last half of the nineteenth century*
Then relief methods of illustration were perfected,
and first the woodcut and later method* based on photoen­
graving came into common use*
This preeminence of letter-
press for toe printing of illua tratioaa has continued to to©
present although toe intaglio process of rotogravure has bad
considerable use*
Mow it appears that toe third totood of printing—
planographic— offers to© greatest future possibilities for
toe increased use of pictures*
Inis is marked by toe recent
improvements and interest in offset printing*
In toe past* some of toe finest reproductions of
pictures have been made by lithographic moans*
has been both a slow and an expensive mtood*
However, it
It was not un­
til fifty years after Senefelder discovered toe principle of
lithography that toe first lithographic press was built to
carry toe heavy stone*
These presses were capable of tot
bOO impressions per hour*
In toe 1890*3 a method was found to substitute grained
metal plates for toe stones, and presses were then sad© cap­
able of 1200 impressions per hour*
The work by this speedier
method was inferior*
v«• Hubei of Mutley* K* J*, pioneered in offset printing
of paper, and in 1904 he cons true tsu, toe first offset press at
toe Potter Printing Press Goi&paray*
Offset allowed toe use of
curved cylinders and made possible toe construction of high
©peed rotary offset presses*
The proa© £0Li jtovtoP klw
in QQiimoremnl wo-r^^ uuv it ims-s o><..»y besii
used since
v reoox-tt yar*s
that Improvements in offset press building have opened to©
the newspaper publishing field to the offset process *
The lithographic plates on toe offset press are inked
and wetted and then they revolve to contact a rubber blanket*
The impress ion left on the rubber surface is then "offset”
onto paper on another cylinder*
the printing image on the
lithographic plates is positive, negative on the rubber blan­
ket and positive again when transferred to the paper*
The plates are prepared by photolithography*
A photo­
graphic negative is made of the object to be produced—
whether a drawing, photograph, object* proof sheet of type
or printed page*
The negative is then trausferred to a sensi­
tised zinc or aluminum plate by a chemical process, and the
plate, after hardening, is ready for the offset press*
One economy of offset over letterpress printing is
that no makeready is required for the former*
Although it
is sometimes necessary to place something similar to makeready
under the plate and under the blanket to secure uniformity
of pressure between plat© and blanket, it 1b not necessary
to increase the pressure in the solids ami decrease it in
the highlights as in toe case of letterpress makeready*
A greater variety of paper may be used in offset
Even fine halftones may be produced on fairly
rough, unseated papers*
Offset makes possible to© generous use of pictures,
local and national! unlimited variety in advert! alag layout
and illustration; and more creative forma of commercial
If it is the aim of a newspaper to give its eoiasiuiJlby
"pictures news reportlag," the offset process is a distinct
Photographic coverage of local gatherings# sport'
events# outings# clubs# fairs# school activities, and cele­
brations may he made by means of a candid camera and offset
press# without the delay of having to send out for cuts# and#
even at less expense than if the newspaper owns its own photo­
engraving plant#
Since it is possible to reproduce by offset any material
that can he . photographed# it is not necessary that text
matter he set in type*
Typewritten material and hand-drawn
letters may he used for this purpose#
It is only when these
latter are used that considerable saving is effooted by off­
set newspaper publishing over letterpress#
this saving can he accomplished if the newspaper pub­
lisher is interested mainly in low cost production of a news­
paper that will resemble the average shopping news or threw
It is not possible to make this saving# however * if an
effort is made to produce a newspaper by offset that w i H have
the attractive appearance of the modern newspaper#
At present*
neat typographical makeup can only be achieved by setting
matter in type on a standard line-casting composing machine
and then pulling a clear proof to be used as copy for the
Photo reproducing process*
fhe first newspaper to be printed by offset was a
demonstration issue of the Mt* Vernon (N* T*) Mews on
January 22f 193?#
It consisted of 16 tabloid pages and
the reading matter was typed on a variable spacing type-*
writer with proofs of type*set headings pasted on the page.
Sine© then a number of newspapers have adopted off­
set, most of them country weeklies*
Among the earliest
of theae is S M S<SS3fiSjm%3 FMi& M >
started in March, 1938*
Owatonna, Minnesota,
It styles itself as the finest photo­
lithographic newspaper in the Northwest*
At <«©rthington,
Minnesota, the Bem^nder is labeled “the world* s Original
Photo-Lithographed Shopping Guide**
Among other country newspapers using offset are the
chain of small newspapers operated in Pennsylvania by the
Long Publishing Company of Philadelphia; a group of Boston
suburban newapapers— rtgllealy Xovmagiari. Belsoat Citla«a.
Hewton Qraahla* Haadfaaa Tlatea and Sroofcllne Chronicle: The
Oman County Pictorial E»aaqa«*r» ^nomonls, Wisconsin; Xjjg
Realnder. Watertown, South Oafeotaj T&g Pmlaaula .ilrror.
Palo Alto, California; T£e iS222S Souatj (Iowa) „eaaeai;er; and
(Xexaa) M S S 1 >
Offset Is also making rapid inroads Into the field of
school publications*
The Oak and Aeorqu weekly publication
of Menlo >chool and Junior College, Menlo, California, as
*Aaerloafa first offset school periodical” Is the pioneer la
a publication field in which offset undoubtedly will sake
much headway*
In If39 the t r m t m ($• J*} llses Installed an offset
press, especially built by the H# hoe & Company^ to produce
regularly a [email protected] Sunday picture section*
this press will,
print and fold fro© 4 to 16 pages, with all pages four colors,
at a speed of 12,500 to 15,000 papers per tour*
Only In recent usonths has offset entered the regular
daily field» At present the Qpeiouaea {Louisiana} Dally
World and Hartford (Conn*} Heeadallr are being produced by
photo-offset and both make a special feature of news pictures*
’ th©
gmMmm MiM & a f l &
December 24, 1959# with John thistelwait© as publisher and
James Regis Fltsgibbon as managing editor*
Fitaglbbon had started the offset minted toxmhans (Texas)
Sxpresa* which he sold in November, 1939*
fto World publishes
S tabloid size pages dally and uses a linotype for its
^ These school newspapers are reproduced by photo*
offset in combination with a V&rl~fyperi The Daae* Willard
School, Stamford, Conn.*; fto Siren* Stamford High School,
Stamford, Conn*; The Arrm* Mamaroneck Junior High School,
Albert leonard Junior High
School, Blew RocdselleJ « *x*s fto Mtrrgr* Bronxville nigh
School Bronxville, ft*f*f foiarls SalXy* Horth High School,
Minneapolis, Minnesota; fto Hiitmeg&er* IJanbury High School,
Danbury, Mass*; The Trotter* fakoaaa Silver Spring Junior
High School, Silver Spring,'M * j fto Slsnboar^.* Bay lath
Institute, Mass*; and Jolly Bo.gsr«Roger Junior High
School, Stamford, Conn* " ' "
reading matter*
fhe Hartford Nowdally is attracting considerable
Interest in the newspaper publishing field, since it is the
first offset daily to toe established in the metropolitan
Hewsdalltes, Ipff* was incorporated December 1, 1939
with iliee Clezoow, formerly an editor of lime and hdltoor &
Publisher.. as its head*
On March 4, 1940 it issued the
first copy of Hartford Hewa&aily* It is intended to us© 50
per e©nt of the space of the newspaper’s 16 tabloid sis©
pages for pictures*
Much apace Is devoted to news-in-pic-
turea— the number of pictures concerning some one news item
or feature— as well as single news pictures on many sub­
fype matter Is set on a linotype*
It is a recognised fact that photo-offset not only
does offer unusual
opportunity for reproducing pictures
but also promises to reduce newspaper publishing costs*
the wide-seal© adoption of this process depends at the
present time on the invention of more economical, and at
the same time typographlcally pleasing, means of composition,
and also on
adequate supply of skilled lithographers*
therefore, it is interesting to not© the efforts being .mad©
to'devise so®© apparatus to accomplish these iiaprovements,
and by doing so, m%km th© production of pictorial newspapers
more feasible*
At present, the Vrari-typer composing machine Is the
only practical machine for the newspaper publisher who
wishes to get along without a line-casting composing ma­
This machine is manufactured by Ralph G* Coxhead
Corporation, Sfew lork City# and sella for approximately
^600 •
The machine resembles a typewriter and is said to be
as easy to operate as a typewriter*
Over TO English sizes
and styles of type faces# and nearly 300 foreign# math©**
matical and symbolical fonts are now available*
It requires
only a few moments to remove one font and insert another
into the machine*
The Yarl-typer Is so constructed that both the hori­
zontal spacing and vertical spacing may be controlled*
out changing the size of type# It is possible to have 10#
12# 14# 16# or 18 letters to the inch*
trols are built in every machine*
Three of these con­
The spacing is set for 9
lines to the vertical inch and may be shifted to 6# 4J# 3 ":
or 3*
The mechanism is electrically controlled and actuated,
and no matter how hard or lightly the keys are struck# the
Impression is always the same*
In order that the right hand margin nay be a straight
line# tho Varl-typer Is so ©quipped that it permits the con­
trol of inter-letter spaces for justification*
The type faces available for the machine at the pres-
ent time may be criticized collectively as beins too
nearly, typewriter faces*
W *
They all possess lower case
and ”w fsH that are condensed, .and thin letter and
points have sore than their proportionate share of apace
around them*
A disadvantage of the Varl-typer, as wall as of
justifying attachments for typewriters. Is that It is nec­
essary to typewrite each line twice#
length la determined*
First the line
Then the typist writes as usual,
character by character# «atil a warning bell sounds* Their
same line Is rewritten along side the first line, and the
Justifying mechanism performs its purpose and makes all
lines the same length*,
The International Business Machine Company is at
present perfecting a machine that will automatically Justify
all lines the same length the first time they are typed* The
company is not ready to market the machine at the present
fh© dompoa©graph is an attachment that may be used on
most makes of typewriters*
The line of copy la first typed
in the usual manner-allowing up to eight characters varia­
tion in line width*. The message is then retyped along side
and every line comes out exactly ©von-*.
the Hooves* and Underwood are justifying attachments
for Underwood typewriters only*
The letter is said to bo the
simplest device as yet devised#
line attachment must be
placed on a typewriter at the factory#
The justification
is achieved by means of a six-sided eaeapement bar*
standard typewriter faces are available* with the Underwood
4 standard
•'Victoria* being nearest to printer*©, type#
typewriter costs #2&§«00f the justifying attachment, #35*00
and a duplex carbon and ribbon attachment* %25*00~a total
of £175*00*
Systems and machines for setting both text matter
and display type to be used for offset printing are now
being developed*
Among those for display type are Soto type
and Prlntasign*
Fototype is a system that employs cardboard letters
and a special composing stick in which the letters are auto­
matically aligned*
Mearly fifty different type faces are
available, including faces which are said to be especially
suitable for newspaper headlines*
Die Prlntaslgn apparatus has been used by large de­
partment stores throughout the United States for several
years to produce window signs and show cards economically
and attractively*
Its use is now being extended to offset
printing for setting display type from 24 points upward*
Only two seconds are required to switch type eases when
using different type faces*
The manufacturer will supply
any desired type face or else on request*
The Machine is
very compact and light weight* .
Among other machines , now sore or less in an experi­
mental stag®, whose purpose will be to compos© type matter
for offset printing, are the Qrotype, Dutton, BloomFriedman, Bagge, and Rutherford devices#
fh© Grotype, orlginati-g In Switzerland, assembles
type or "patrlcea" somewhat after the manner of the Linotype*
However, Instead of a casting apparatus, the machine prints
these "patrices'1 upon film so as to provide an original for
The Duttpn "Filcaleter", originating In Liverpool,
Bngland, Is a display outfit which admits the use of plates,
films, or papers for reproduction purposes#
The Lloom-Friedman machine .has a Linotype-like
mechanism having Cl) matrices bearing photographically reproduc&ble characters for engraved characters; (2) acasting mechanism revised and replaced by a camera to photograph these characters onto a sensitized surface*
result is a film of type with perfect justification, and
line and word spacing*
from matrices of one sis®, characters
of many sizes may be obtained by varying the distance of the
A single font of type will suffice, therefore, for
all sizes of that type face#
The Bagge Lino-Fhototyp© is being developed by the
Fototype company*
The mechanism consists of a keyboard
similar to that of a typewriter, a master plat® holder
which contains the alphabet, camera leas, negative plat©
holder, justification rack, a vertical spacing device, and
an indicator*
After the toll plate is developed, headings,
captions and text matter may he cut and arranged to make up
the newspaper page*
Xhe Hutherford Photo—Le ttaring machine composes
photographic Images of individual letters and designs, into
words and patterns upon sensitised film, paper, or dry
Since it is possible' to expand, condense, -enlarge
or reduce the type faces, the manufacturer claims 100,000
variations from each of the 300 master alphabet plate©
now offered*
Offset presses are built by a number of firms*5 fh©
tfebendorfer-wills Co*, an American fype Founders corpora­
tion subsidiary, has been leading the pioneering in the
small newspaper offset press field*
wmmmt m u m m m
today to# [email protected]©an people are more pic tore-conscious
than they have ever been before, and are actively demanding
pictorial display la aver increasing quantity— if not always
in quality#
One need only consider toe newspapers of ‘to© United
States and Canada to have ample proof of this statement*
fhese newspapers are spending *8*000,000 annually in pic­
turing toe events they report*
Between 1931 and 1933 toe
daily press increased its use of pictures 40*8 per cent* and
since to® spectacular rise of to# pictorial magazines toe
newspapers are resorting more and more to news illustration.
ih© majority of all periodicals published today carry
illustrations of a kind and quality in keeping with toe
general character of to© .particular magazine# * $h# picture
magazines are naturally to# prolific users of illustration*
fh® other periodicals employ pictoriallzatlon in degree##
ranging from to® picture magazines down to to© almost total
lack of Illustration in to# high quality literary magazines
and toe condensed digest magazines*
tk® ©overs of the- per­
iodicals when arranged on to© magazine dealer*s stand present
a kaleidoscopic pattern of colors and pictures*
been developed as a result*
mll& many cartoons are drawn
for entertainment* the cartoon has been most significantly
employed as a moulder of public opinion*
fiie early efforts of the American press to employ
illustration were both Infrequent and crude#
However, a
brief study of printing conditions of the period reveals
that it is remarkable- that any attempts were made at illus­
Xhe first printing press tp be operated in English
speaking America was set up la Cambridge# in 1639* at the
home of John Hunster, president of Harvard college*
this time printing was at a low status in Europe, and during
the entire seventeenth century printers were persecuted and
printing presses destroyed by a hostile English government*
By the 3tar Chamber decree of 1636 and the Act of 1662 the
number of printer® In England was reduced to twenty, the
number of type founders In the country to four, and all
books had to be licensed.
For the first 150. years after the'invention of mova­
ble type, printing was enriched through the effort® of
scholars and men of wealth who tried to reproduce, or have
reproduced, the beautiful masterpieces of the calligraphic
Printers during this golden era wore lodged in
palaces, monasteries* and colleges*
All this was changed by the start of the seventeenth
Printing Itself entered a transitional stage from
art of fin© bookmakins to to© industry of book manu***
this occurred during a time of religions and po­
litical strife; and both to© church and toe state* realising
to© power of to© press* tried to suppress or curb its -oper­
Printers and booksellers were in constant danger ©f
Imprisonment or death* and. their publications were apt to
be burned.
Consequently toe quality of workmanship fell
off and printing reached toe status of a dangerous and poor­
ly paid craft*
!he colonial printer also faced possible interference
from too English government as well as fro® toe local govern­
ment or offended public*
An even greater handicap was his
lack of skilled labor and tools of the trade— type, presses*
paper, and ink*
All supplies had to b© imported from Eng­
land at great expense and delay*
Under such conditions it is remarkable that any print­
ing at all was produced in to© colonies during the seven­
teenth century*
T m illustrations,, although few, printed
during this period clearly show toe ingenuity of toe early
American printers*
.After toe turn of toe century, printing spread rapidly
throughout toe colonies, and the number of illustrations
reproduced (mainly in books and periodicals} increased*
Oolonlal book illustrations were prints for the most
part by copperplates* arid, during the eighteenth century
engravers became numerous*
agproductlona from the work of
some of these engravers were especially sought after, by the
people of the colonies*
they were bank-note % and the
printing of paper money formed an important item in the
colonial printer’s business*
Benjamin Franklin records in
his autobiography that h e 'wcontrived a copperplate press*#!*
in 1?28 for Kolmar to use la printing Mew Jersey paper money*
The colonial book publisher showed a desire to 11lust rate his books* and naturally, since he would wish to
please his customers, this indicates that the people wanted
and appreciated pictures In the books they purchased*
The quality of book Illustration Increased as the
quantity increased, and by 1797 the *coming of age of Ameri­
can book illustration* 93 was clearly seen*
In that year
publication of the third, and first American, edition of
the Ency clopaedia Brliaimlaa, was couple tod *■ In its eighteen
volumes* 543 copperplate engravings were distributed*
Woodcuts were used occasionally with letterpress
material by colonial printers^ but the difficulty of printing
■any wood cuts, except those of small sim , prevented the
91Frank Woodworth Fine, editor, M e AnteMo&mtMf of
Banjaiain Franklin, (Mew forks harden, city, 1916), p* 1C®*
elt* * p* 294*
general ms©- of M s
during this
A few of [email protected] woodcuts that w w
period were of outstandi
Franklin *a ”Join or [email protected] cartoon Is In this category* -ted its
ability to create- public opinion favorable to the colonies
Is shown by the number of times different newspaper editors
published this cartoon*
After the end of the Bevolutlon&ry war, .Benjamin Rus­
sel effectively created sentiment for the ratification of the
constitution through the use of a cartoon In his newspaper*
during the first 5G or 60 years of the eighteenth
century work was started both on processes and equipment
that were later to play Important roles in the Increased
reproduction of illustrations*
And although copper and
steel engraving were constantly Improved, this period, is
especially important as a foundation for later success©# In
O f
"‘white line*1 me
Is the development of fhnmas
of wood-^ngravlng*
Fro® the
time Or* Alexander Anderson
the United states* the
poriant role in. the field
more Isof
its perfection was
in the 1830*a; but almost issue*
dlately afterwards
away nearly a eon*
tury of wood-’engraving p:
In use varied only in a few details from tee wine-press type
affairs that were In use 300 years before*
The principal
improvement to tee presses bad. been made In 1620 whan Bleau
of Amsterdam added a spring teat returned tee platen- after
tee impression had been made* thereby reducing tee worh of
tee pressman by one-half*
tee first Iren press was invented by Lord Stanhope
In IT98 and teis signalled tee beginning of new ideas and
radical departures in the eonstruction of printing presses*
tee flrat power-driven press was used by tee London limes
in 1815*
tee changes In press construction, for the most part,
did aid in the printing of illustration, but only with limited
success until tee last half of tee century*
One type of
press---the type-revolving press— for a period of twenty
years (approximately 1849-1869) prevented tee use of illus­
trations in tee dally newspaper press*
This was recause tee
metal type was placed In cylindrical containers and teen
Such an arrangement precluded tee use of flab-
surface woodcuts*
The duplicating processes of stereotyping and electeetyping were also being developed during tee first half of
tee- eighteenth century*
Although prior exp©rlments had been
made towards founding entire tyre res®®* It remained for
the versatile lard Stanhope to make outstanding developments
in stereotyping*
Hie invention of papler-mohe about 18-5®
pointed the way for the nee of stereotyping in eenneation
with rotary presses*
Contributions in the development of
electro typing were made by several persona to different
In America, Joseph A* Mam s Is .most closely
linked with early electrotyping*
The first photoengraving was a product of this period
as wall as -were the first successful experiments in photo-graphing*
The principle of surface printing was discovered by
Alois Jenefelder In l?9o*
Lithography has played a very im­
portant role in the reproduction of pictures * especially in
later years when combined with photography*
The progress ©ad.® in developing all these processes
and equipment formed the basis for still more developments
that eventually led to the perfection of pictorial repro­
However, It would be unfair to the engravers of this
period to say that only foundations for pictorial repro­
duction were laid during the first, half of the elghteerOh
Excellent copper engravings are to be found in the
books, annuals, and periodicals such as (lodey*s Lady1:® Book*
After 1315 steel engravings as well as copper engravings
were used*
H&iurally sine© such engravings could not be
prilled with the text matter of the hook or periodical, they
were expensive' to reproduce*
The publication of Harper*.8 IIl.ustrate-1 Faally Bible
in ■1846 is one of the important dates in the history of
illustration printins*
Undoubtedly the 1600 woodcuts con­
tained in it presented ■many problems to the engravers and
tkm printers*
The difficulties incidental to both engraving and
printing woodcuts made their 'use la newspapers rare occur­
Those that did appear were usually of a cartoon
nature or illustrations for a&v©rtlsements*
rom the time of the administration of President
Jackson to the Lincoln-HcClellan presidential campaign in
1864, lithography provided the most Important medium for the
reproduction of cartoons*
These political cartoons were
very popular and were intended to be passed from hand to
hand or else posted on walla*
The reproduction of pictures in books and periodicals
was taken as the natural thing to do and to be desired from
the viewpoints of the publisher and the reader*
pictures were the only ones to find their way into m a y
American homes of the period*.
They were clipped from the
periodicals and undoubtedly were retained long after the
magazines had b a m destroyed*
This m s particularly true
concerning the fashion plate pictures that (lode?*g Ladv1,a
Book featured*
The home drasaa&ker found these Invaluable
in her work, and the lady of fashion retained them for refer-
The universal acceptance of pictures ©Mod, however,
whoa the .first attempt was made to systsmatieally portray
the news of the day.
Tj£e niuatrataA leaden Sggg had
scarcely began its pioneering in this field when william
Wordsworth, British poet, condemned the use of pictures
by writing a sonnet entitled MIllustrated Books and M&gasines*”
He siId, in part:
How prose and verse sunk into disrepute
«nst lacquey a dumb Art that tost can suit
The taste of this once-intellectual Land*
From manhood— back to childhood; for the age—
Backwards eaveraed life *a first rude career*
Avaunt this vile abuse of pictured page!
mist eyes to all in all,, the tongue and ear
Hothing? Heaven keep us from a lower stage
In later years as the scope of pictorial Journalism
broadened, other critics*— in -less elegant language— have
expressed their fear that the news picture would develop a
race of brainless people*
Such expressionshowever, have-
had little retarding effect upon the ever increasing use of
illustration, since people have too clearly shown that they
desire to see pictures
^Poetical tforfto of willlag Wordsworth* edited by
William Khight T ^ i n torgh, ISooT, VIII, p* 1?2* The sonnet
was composed in 1846 and first published in 1850*
The only result of those criticisms la an Indirect
compliment to the power of pictures*
can understand
They Imply that people.,
and interpret pictures easier tlmn text
And this, they argue* is a had situation#
Naturally It Is hard to defend and point out the edu­
cational Importance,of all pictures that are reproduced—
just as It is hard to do this for every news item'that Is
However,, most new®, stories and news, pictures
have one common justification*
litis is that they tend to
allow a cross-section of the every day life of the nation
and the people*
The function of the newspaper press Is to interpret
and report the occurrences of the day by story and picture.
In other words, the press serves as a mirror of the times*
Obviously it la unfair to expect the newspaper to place
Itself first cm a pedestal and then conduct quixotic cru­
sades in an effort to have all people reach its higher
Human nature being as It Is, (and as It has always
been) sex and crime reporting and pictorlalizing have always
been appreciated by the average person*
fh© lat^onal ifoiice
Gfogefrte featured both of these by, vivid pictures and stories
and it was an outstanding success.
It was Frank Leslie1a Illustrated Newspaper and
Harperfs Weekly that first showed the general appeal to the
rant happenings, ©rime, sex, travel * war, history, inven­
tions, polities.* ate* , ell were enthusi&s ticaily welcomed by
the readers of these two publications*
That these xmgasines were able to employ pictures
to cryatalise public opinion shows again the power of pic­
Surely Leslie#s 11swill milk* campaign and the work
of Hast in Harper*a Weekly in solidifying northern senti­
ment, and later in exposing the Tweed ring, did not tend
to develop a brainless picture-conscious people.
the effect was exactly the opposite*
Xhe pictures caused
people to do more thinking on the subjects portrayed*
The success of -the Illustrated weeklies in using wood­
cuts led to their adoption by many periodicals, and the
word ?!illustrated* became oosBBoa in magazine titles.
Of all
the illustrated xaagaslme* Harper.tontfely and Scribner*©
Monthly are the most important because it was through their
effort that woodcut engraving was perfected*
Here again
the universal appeal ©f pictures undoubtedly was a big.
factor In the success of these two publications.
Under the leadership of Harper*a and 5.erltear*_a*
wood-engraving reached a degree ©f perfection never before
The nae« school* of engraving was developed
fthicfr sought to reproduce th© artist’s drawing In exact de­
tail instead of the former practice of interpreting the
artist’s work*
This led to wood-engra.ving that exhibited
all the tones and textures of the original drawings*
The ingenuity of p m m builders * Ink makers* paper
makers* and the wo-rkjmn.ahlp of printers and pressmen were
combined to produce processes aid equipment that brought
about improved woodcut printing.*
The tragic Incident in the history of American pres#
11Xu atration Is the fata of the woodcut*
fears of skillful
and pains taking work were required to bring wood-engraving
to its artistic perfection*
And then Just when this goal
was reached* photeengravlng. appeared and almost overnight
totally destroyed the craft of wood-engraving,*
The wood­
cuts of this period were superior to the early photo­
engravings, but the lower cost of the latter made It neces­
sary for publishers to give up the use of woodcuts*
The development of photoengraving is undoubtedly
one of the outstanding events in the reproduction of pic­
After years of exporlmentatlon towards securing grad­
ation of tone from black to white in printed pictures, the
principle of the halftone was realised by several men in
widely varied localities at practically the same time*
In order to successfully print the halftone new
problems of printing methods and equipment were confronted*
The solution of these problems opened the field of picture
reproduction to an almost unlimited scope#
The first, illustrated dally newsp a p e r # the $:m - fork
drashdc (1373^X390} was not a sucoeasful publishing enter***
prise because of s w a m l -reaaoas^chlef of which were the
various changes of ownership, and the cost and difficulty
of reproducing pictures*
'September 3* 1884 there appeared a cartoon In Joseph
Pulitzer’3 Jsk Is>g&; WfliM drawn toy Valerian CHrlbaye&off a M
entitled "wall Street Mobility*” This marked the beginning
of steady and successful use of illustration In the dally
tore pictures soon followed In the World, and with
each increased use of pictures the circulation of the World
became greater*
Any doubt Pulitzer might have that his euh-
aerlbers did not only enjoy pictures but demanded them* was
dispelled when h© endeavored to decrease the number ho reproduced*
Immediately the circulation of the wqr^d dropped*
and continued to decrease until more pictures than ever he**
for© were printed In the newspaper*
v;hen b1 1 1 1 am Randolph Hearst entered the Hsw fork
publishing field In
In his
he began using many illustrations
ov. Xark Bvealiuc Journal.* Through the efforts -of the
ffoy&d and Journal * the comic strip and Sunday supplement
were developed*
The liberal use of pictures was. just one character**
Istlc of these two newspapers*
The combination of all their
newspaper publishing practices caused the term "yellow
to he applied to the World and Journa,1*
result of tills was that the fro^utmt use of pictures "by any
newspaper was balcaa as an indication of senc&tlo&oliftsu
Only in recent years da.a this designation toon alto rad be­
cause of too wide use of pictures in all types of newspap© ra#
The history of newspaper illustration clearly shows
that any progress in reproduetion, or increase use of, pic­
tures has resulted in a corresponding growth of reader in**
In I896 the
Xorh Times began publishing a Sunday
magazine section that proved so successful tlmt it had to
be suspended in 1899 *
The circulation had become too great
for S m t l m a * printing facilities.
The installation of
the necessary presses by Tfos Times.. in 19X4, made it posslbl#for that paper to print a Sunday retagravure section*
result was increased Sunday circulation*
O m of the miracles of newspaper publishing has boon
the success of the tabloid U m Xork Dally ftffffa*
From its
inception in 1919 this:paper has included the liberal use
of pictures as on© of its. characteristic features*
convenient si&ed newspaper with its sensational news and
pictur s has enjoyed circulation figures unparalleled by
any other newspaper in this country*
The success.. of the Daily .lewa encouraged other news*
papers, to Increase their pictorial display; and to supply
them wife the necessary pictures* various picture syndicates
were developed* This quite naturally led to the need for
speedier methods of news picture distribution; and after
many experiments* processes utilising the telephone*
graph* and radio were devised*
Only recently, significant
results have been obtained in the transmission of colored
pictures by wire*
The present trend has not only been towards greater
use of pictures but also toward the reproduction of more
interesting pictures*
Motion pictures and news reels, pic­
ture magazines, the use of visual aids in schools, and the
photographic industry have all helped to make people more
picture conscious*
a cumulative affect*
The printing- of pictures has also had
In the early days of photoengraving,
the reproduction of pictures was considered such a novelty
that any printed picturn attracted attention*
Today, moot
people have at least a limited knowledge of the principles
of correct photography*
Consequently they demand that pub­
lished pictures have definite qualities of lighting, oasapc—
sitlon* camera angle, and Interest*
Therefore, bettor pic­
ture compositIon is apparent In both the news and advertis­
ing columns.
Mo longer do pictures with an **XJ* to mark the place
where' the. body waa found rmff ioe— the body nsust be shown
with all horrible details*
Static pictures have definitely
ended their usefulness*
Of course the spectacular has greatest news appeal*
and tills is .generally the tragic and the ghastly*
quently murders, Xyrxchlngs * riots* earthquake a, disasters*,
fires, train wrecks* airplane cmifeas, and war lend them-*
selves readily to news Illustration*
Sporting events, al­
though less spectacular, are also natural news picture sub­
In general, pictures of persons in the news are
the most common classification of pictorial subjects in the
new rs *^
Perhaps aa a result of the influence of picture maga­
zines, newspaper editors are turning more attention to the
idea of new3~in~picture-3 *
fhey are finding that a series of
pictures based on a. central theme can. be made to tell a
story that requires only a limited amount of text matter for
If good photography and careful editing are
combined, there- is practically no H a l t to the subjects that
can be pietoriallsed by this method*
'Ills common practice among newspapers of playing up a
feature In each news event causes more or less distortion
of the news*
A similar situation exists In the publication
of news pictures.
However, the picture reporter works
^%@orge A. braadenburg* **Iiug© Gain in Use of Fix­
tures Shown in Survey of dailies,w M i tor 4 Publisher.
I*XXX (February 19# 1938) p* 8 *
scene of tte news event; while a verbal reporter, if neces­
sary, can get his story from ey©~witncosea •
In the past..,, too news photographer reported to- tricks
nltil his camera when ho was unaola to get pictures at the
scene of the event*
ouch pictures were conceived In the
mind of the photographer, and then he secured people to pose
while he photographed them*
Ihis type of faking, along with the practice of photo**
graphing charcoal drawings as actual scenes (used during the
first World nar for battle scenes) and the use of the com**
posograph-~& photo built up from several photos— Is rarely
employed today*
i'h© Introduction of the candid camera in 1928 by Dr*
Irich falomen, along with the development of the super-oensi**
tive film and 'the photo flash, have opened up new field a for
the nmiB photographer*
lie can now take pictures of people
as they really are, not as they would like to bo*
however, has resulted in m m
instances in reproducing pic­
tures that show people in unbecoming poses*
■fhe news picture is so comparatively new that laws
of libel, contempt of court, and private rights are only
now being developed to apply to news picture reporting*
However, toore is a definite trend toward protecting the
private eiti&ea against m u a M o r i rod publication of M b
Xhs i®iae4 1 &ml outstanding success of the picture
mgafclmea^-ia particular H f e and iool— ahowo without doubt
that people arc sore eya-eonsclous than e v ^
emu. that the
pictorial reproduction saturation point M s riot been reached*.
Just as they did back Xu the days of Harper*% and
mga&ines are pointing the way for the future
reproduction of pictures*-
-tad In a like manner, the im~
creased use of pictures by newspapers again Is dependent on
cheaper printing methods and equipment*
The solution may he
the development of offset printing*
In recent years people have become skeptical about
news reports both in the newspapers ana over the radio, and
$5 h . L* faith in ”Hews Camera on Trial," Forum.. Ho»
vomber, 1937, p* 370, suggested that the laws governing
news photographs should include the following points:
"X* Jo picture to be used without consent of the sub*
jeci except:
(a) uimrm groups are brought together by eamiBOn in*
to rest, as at a fire, political meeting, or- riot*
(b) die re the subject has voluntarily put himself in
tire public eye*
Cc) vfnere the picture accompanies a story of general
.news interest, defined aa a story carried over the wires, in
an opposition paper, or im any public document*
2 * Candid camera pictures to be used like quotes in
the accompanying story (as Ions as a speaker knows there are
photographers in the au&iamae, hm will, govern hie actions
&b he does his speech* On the other hand, surreptitious
pictures not taken in a public place could bo actionable^
3 * Jo picture to be changed or faked without the con­
sent of the subject* (Ibis would not include routine re­
touching that does mot impair the fidelity of the halftone
fc&ls s&sptiotaia
tma mmu ©rjratilLl&od ******
U±s «asi£l.tofcia$
propaganda rsparta oiaaa&tiag Irom all poliita a I tae world*
Howovor, people still believe wimt
gee pictorl&li&ed |
and* as long as M m t la trus, tue eoutlnued j&rowfcd of i m g e
mproduotloa Is a c#rtalatf*
A F m m x x mo* i
Illustration Mo*
this early eighteenth century
band press differed in some details fro© the presses em­
ployed during the preceding 300 years it still retained, the
basic principle of operation*
Illustration Ho* 2— This Is a flat bed cylinder press* The
Hoe stop cylinder presses were of this nature, and were
employed by Harper*© and Scribner’s during the I860*s*
• is
I’ n lin b fr S -npC '^ fboIbing P r in tin g fth r b h ie .
Illustration Ko* 3— M s type of press (used by some news­
papers between 1846-1866) laid the foundation for the high
speed rotary presses of today* These type-revolving presses
prevented the use of flat surfaced woodcuts because of the
shape of the large center cylinder* The presses were con­
structed with two, four* six, eight, or ten impression
cylinders* The one shown here is from page four of R* Hoe’s
& Co* *s .* *(Catalogue) of type revolving and single and
double cylinder printing machines, power presses*.*(etc*}.
Hex* York (cl86? )*
£ll«« (it ^afbim. |if Jiii^bnickrrUn*! dc.
Illustration Ko* 4— This is one of the earliest presses
using a continuous roll of paper* The picture is fro® the
Atlas to Alexander ¥a!dow,s 11Die Buchdrucker-ICunst,w
Lelp&ig* 1673
“ S h a n t y t o w n ’*
I his print has been widely hut erroneously advertised as “ the beg inning of h a l ft o n e u and “ tlie earliest date d ha l ft o n e ." It is a single-line lithographic halftone
Iron) the D a ily G raphic of M arch A, 1XX0, made by Ste p h en II l lo ig an to show one of the di flctrnl lithogiaphic metluxls which had been used by that m
Accomp any ing editorial c o m m en t dot not claim ihi- n>
tiir hi I
.u.iin r of tin | h i m i "
St<inu,»y H.cll ” ha d .i p p t . m d ovt r *»i\ years brf.-.rt
Illustrations Ho* 5
and tio 6 show efforts
made towards grada­
tion of ton© in pic­
tures reproduced by
the press* These are
taken from an article
by William Innees HThe
Truth About the half­
tone Process p* InI irlnter. LXXIX
June, 1927). 422-4.
Steinw ay Hall
The first halftone
can halftone. The
to the inch. T h is
From the D a il y
appearing in an y d aily paper, and the first dated Am eri­
original is a lithographic cross-line 7; ’
' n, 100 lines
is a faithful reproduction, one third size, no retouching.
Graphic. Decem ber 2, 187.T D one by Ceggo Brothers,
from a photograph hy l'ach.
y■m M m m *
Illustration Ho* 6— The upper picture Is a line etching. The
lower picture Is the aame line etching with a benday effect.
Makeiio* Mew fork; Harpers, 1936#
Allen, Jolm S*f
Blaokbora, Henry * Tkm Art of
Leaden, 1694*
Bl«y©r, Willard 0roavenor, ^ala Currents In t o SAglqaCg St
I* wew Pork; H ou s t o n Mifflin Company,
wr*m l%m
Gtmd&XI, Joseph, A Bgfeef History of
X^ndon, 1893*
Davenport, Cyril, fhe Book
flew Pork? Peter' Smith,
atatgc «ia4
0avia, iln»r, History of t o Sew fork times. 1851-1921. Sew
Tcrk, 1921*
Darby, 3. 0., J
9m m
m m m »
Jsgfe s M
era♦ Mew fork* G. lm* Carleton & co»# iS557
& & ! & -
Ellsworth, 'WliUaiK debater* A Golden A m of Authors* Boston ,
Ford, Worthington. Ghauacey, Broadsides » .Ballads. etc*,
lAaaacbuaettangSg^lSoO. Boafcon: l-,asaacfauaetta
Historical society, 'lpS2«
Frbffl xylofiraitoa Jg
clrmati, Ohio i
9l I
M sA U I h M M U b s
apolia, 1931*
a * a*
a- i m *
apid Electrotype Company, 1921
Uas* ii iassssl
& ^ & a s
all Processes* Indian1 Century e,f PublishHarper d Brothers,
d&okaon* Ha:
■*»#, 26 Lead
University Press, 19
Jack son, Eason, tee
London, ISBy*
§ C * R* ,
Ohios Harrla^3ofl^ld*-Pdtter
s y
n* d.}•
Lehm&rm~H&upt, Hellmuti,
R* howker Co*, 1939*
Leo, Alfred HeCltmg,
fork; tee Macmillan
Lee, James Kelvin,
Houghton-Klffin Company,1911
Legros, Lucien Alphonse, and John Cameron G*ant, rvpoRram*
ififii ffclnUE
of Their Production* How forks Longman, Groan a Company,
MoAurtrie, Dowlas C*, M
Anycourt Press, 1930*
MoMurtrle, Douglas C«, tee Book* Maw fork, 1933*
Martle, J* J. f and Harry Eeuseh, Photolltho^raoto
Arts Puhllahlng
Mott,_Prank L u t h e r , H
Aaerlcan ttoa»4o*a. MJ&-
mrrell, willlaa, A lUstory g£ American ^r4»,4<i Huaor. 2
volumes; iAm§ fork, 1933 and 193 o*
Fennell,■Joseph, Pen Drawing. an
Macmillan & Co*, 1B94*
DraugdteaiBsn* Mew forks
Pine, Wmnk Woodworth, editor, tea Autobifo^ra.shy of
Jfmnklln* Hew forks Garden City, 1916*
• Slow torks Dodd,
fass in, Algernon,
& Co* 9 ii
Vitray, Laura, and Jeki* Mills, Jr., mid Hoeeee Ellardt lie*
torial Joumallsm. low Xork: MeOrsw~aill Book Co., Inc,
1939*LG&gaE S a x x i m
i M M SSSteS'
o Art* low Xork* fne mac»—
Harvard University Press, 1938*
Wilson, Fred, and J. F. and Douglas Srey ,
, .-ASBtl
MaAii^erf a M Letternresa Printing. Logons Cassell &
Company, Lto7, laSe*
wrotfi, Lawrence C., .Hie Colonial Printer.
Sotttl*wortli«4nthoensen Pi^ss, 19357*
Portland, Maine*
Albert, Earl, wfh© Beginning of Beiagr&vure in Amar1 ^ *
Albert, Earl, 11Karl 111®tsen, Inventor of Photogravure and
Rotogravure, H inland Printer. LXXxl (hay, 1928), 83*
*Xbout Ourselves,11 Frank Leslie* a Illustrated newspaper*
XXXVI (March 15, lSf3F. It
Alois Senefelder, Inventor of Lithography, Honored 100
Fears After HI® Death,M Inland Printer, XCIV (October,
1934), 32*
ttA Bew Volume,” Frank healle1s Illustrated Bew.ana.per*.XXXV
(September 11, 167*1,2*
*AP Board Reports on wirephoto,” M l tor £ Publisher* LXVII
(April 27, 1935), 106,
Explains Hew Telephoto Service,” Miter & Publisher*
LXVI (April 28, 1934), 6 and 111*
”AP wirephoto Inaugurates Color Photo Transmission,” Editor
& Publisher, LXXI2 (June IT, 1939), 3.
^Associated Press Picture Service to- Start August 1 Serving
100 Member Papers,” M i,tor £ Publisher, LX (July 23,
19275, 14*
Barber, Solon R», ttRIae of Pictorial Journalism seen by U m
Fork Editor in 1875,” Miter * Publisher. LX (July 30
1927), 44*
Bassett, Warren L.*,. *DaHies Spend 8 Million Pearly To Cover
Few® Fictorially** M l tor & Publisher* LXXI (February 19,
1938), 5*
Bassett, Larren L., ”Three-Color Picture sent by Wire,” Editor
LXX (June 5, 1937), 9
Benohtold, William !*, nmre Fodder For Pliotosmniacs,” Berth
American Review* GGXKXIX (January, 1935), 19-30*
Bent, S., 11Journalistic J&zz,” Ration* CXXIX (Larch 31, 1926),
"Big Hew® For the Newspapers, *! Business Week* (Harsh 7,
1936}* 24'#.
Bishop, J* ©*, wEarly Political Caricatures In America,n
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